During Nurses Week, the Family Practice Nurses Association of Nova Scotia would like to recognize the valuable work of over 100 family practice nurses in our province.
Family practice nurses are registered nurses working closely with family physicians and nurse practitioners in primary care health clinics across the province. Family practice nurses provide care such as diabetes education/management, chronic disease management, well baby/child care, prenatal care, pap screening, immunizations, mental health assessment/support and much more.
These dedicated nurses have a strong focus on screening, prevention and health promotion, working closely with patients to support them in achieving their health goals, whether this is to quit smoking, lose weight or become more active.
Nova Scotia has a post-licensure education program for family practice nurses that was the first of its kind in Canada. This one-year program prepares registered nurses to achieve the highest standards in patient care.
Working closely with family physicians, these registered nurses have supported an improvement in access by as much as 40 per cent to 60 per cent and have dramatically improved wait times. This has been accomplished while enhancing care and health outcomes.
We would like to thank family practice nurses for their dedication to improving the health of Nova Scotians.
Patsy Smith is president of the Family Practice Nurses Association of Nova Scotia.
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