Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Two positions posted

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 says it has now posted two positions for nurse practitioners for Oceanside.

“Our government is committed to delivering new, innovative and better ways for B.C. residents to stay healthy and receive the care they need,” said Parksville-Qualicum MLA Ron Cantelon. “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 have been eligible to practice in B.C. since 2005. VIHA has approximately 25 nurse practitioners who provide care in a variety of settings from hospitals to small, rural communities.

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.



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