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Nurse Practitioners Being Hired For Oceanside Health Centre

December 20, 2012

OCEANSIDE ­– As part of the new approach to how health care services will be provided in the Oceanside Health Centre (OHC) when it opens in June 2013, Vancouver Island Health has now posted two positions for nurse practitioners for Oceanside.
“Our government is committed to delivering new, innovative and better ways for BC residents to stay healthy and receive the care they need,” said Ron Cantelon, MLA Parksville-Qualicum. “Nurse practitioners are an integral part of the modern health care team, not only supporting physicians but directing and leading care, and the coordination of care, to help residents maintain their health.”

Nurse practitioners are integral members of the health care team. Nurse practitioners have been eligible to practice in BC since 2005; VIHA has approximately 25 nurse practitioners who provide care in a variety of settings from hospitals to small, rural communities and in a variety of programs ranging from Aboriginal services, primary and seniors’ care and mental health and addictions programs. When working with clients, nurse practitioners collaborate with family physicians and specialists, other health care providers, families and community service providers. Nurse practitioners, who have a Master’s Degree in Nursing and advanced clinical skills to manage medical conditions, can diagnose illness and disease, write prescriptions for medication, order diagnostic and lab tests, and refer patients to physicians or specialists.

“The presence of, and role of, nurse practitioners in the Oceanside Health Centre will improve access to primary health care services for Oceanside residents and enhance how services are provided and coordinated to local residents,” explains Sheila Cruikshank, Project Director for the Oceanside Health Centre. “The OHC will provide urgent and primary care services to area residents and reduce the need for locals to travel outside their community for urgent care, routine medical appointments and follow ups with specialists through the use of telehealth.”

Construction of the OHC is well underway and is on schedule with an opening scheduled for late June 2013.

“These new positions are most welcome additions to health care services in Oceanside,” said Tom Davies, Chair, Federation of Oceanside Residents Associations. “We have waited a long time for this new forward-looking service to be announced and we equally look forward to the opening of this new facility next year.”

The nurse practitioner postings can be viewed at www.viha.ca/careers.

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Media Contact:
Suzanne Germain
VIHA Communications
250-370-8294