Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is pleased to announce that three new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have successfully been recruited to provide services within the health region. Two of the three NPs were PMH-sponsored students and recent graduates of the Nurse Practitioner (Master of Nursing) Program.
The three new NPs will be working out of the communities of Melita, Ste. Rose and Winnipegosis. PMH will be providing notification to residents regarding clinic hours of operation and how to make an appointment to see the NP in the three communities very soon.
“One of our strategic directions and priorities involves continually improving access to care for patients, clients and residents within our health region,” stated Penny Gilson, Chief Executive Officer of PMH.
“With assistance from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living we have been able to support a ‘grow your own’ type of strategy, which sees nurses upgrade their training to become qualified Nurse Practitioners,” Gilson added.
Nurse Practitioners work independently from physicians and prescribe medications, order and manage the results of screening and lab work, request diagnostic tests (like x-rays, CT scans and MRIs), do suturing and casting as well as some other minor procedures. However, as part of a team approach, there may be times when a NP needs to consult with a physician, specialist or other health care professionals to ensure that overall health care needs of clients are met.
Besides general primary care, NPs focus on wellness and healthy lifestyles. A NP is able to provide screening, management, education and follow-up for patients/clients that have chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.
PMH sincerely appreciates the assistance and guidance of physicians and other NPs that helped recent graduates with their mentorship phases required through the NP Program.
In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are currently 13 full-time and two casual NPs on staff. They are based in or serve the communities of: Baldur, Birtle, Boissevain, Carberry, Erickson, Glenboro, Grandview, Melita, Minnedosa, Roblin, Russell, Ste. Rose, Wawanesa, Winnipegosis and the 7th Street Health Access Centre in Brandon.
Some NPs also provide service on the PMH Mobile Clinic, which has been seeing patients in the region since February 2014. They can also be found working in a variety of settings including primary care clinics and personal care homes.