For anyone who has not been to a Nurse Practitioner before, here is the updated list of the services we can provide here at the Clinic. There is very little Tracey cannot do, so if you are unsure of something you need, please call the Clinic and ask.
The Health Authority recently also put out this video about the Nurse Practitioner role. It can be accessed via the attached link:
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a primary care provider very similar to
a family physician, but practices from a nursing focus and
background. NPs have been helping to improve access to primary
health care all over the province and in the rest of Canada.
In BC, NPs are licensed and regulated by the College of Registered Nurses.
What do NPs do?
We have a very similar role to that of a family physician. An NP practice does not require physician supervision.
Depending on your health care needs, NPs will work with you individually or in
collaboration with specialists and other physicians as required. For
some of you, your NP is your primary care provider. Some patients continue to see
their family physician, as well as an NP, to help manage their health
care needs. In these cases, all results from blood tests, xrays, or other
investigations are copied to your doctor and the NP.
For patients who have a primary care provider elsewhere, the NP will encourage prescription refill and regular visits with your own primary care provider for the safety and continuity of your care. You should also make sure your family physician has agreed to the shared care.
What services can NPs provide?
NPs provide comprehensive care to include:
Diagnosis of disease/illness and provide treatment.
Order lab tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs (new), and
review these results with you.
Refer to specialists such as dermatologists, cardiologists,
surgeons, neurologists, orthopaedics, etc…
Prescribe and refill medications including controlled drugs and substances eg narcotics
Provide counselling, education & support
Refer clients to other health care professionals such as community health nurse, social work, physiotherapy.
Perform special procedures such as excisional biopsies
(meaning removing suspicious lumps or bumps), suturing, and
Provide ongoing routine management and check-ups for
chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart
disease, lung disease, kidney disease, etc…
Perform annual complete physicals including PAP tests, as well
as provide episodic care as required.
Provide prenatal and postnatal care. Perform well baby and well child examinations and check-ups.
Provide education and work together with communities to help
Perform drivers physicals.
Blood tests are performed by NP’s, but also now provided at the Clinic by lab techs who come up from CR on alternate weeks. This gives our NP more time to do other work, so please use them. Lab days are now on Mondays.
In some instances, NPs also work with more specialized populations
with patients that require close monitoring in collaboration with
a multi-disciplinary health care team