The practitioners will function as a team as they work with physicians already in Fort St. John in providing services such as annual physical exams, patient counselling, health promotion, immunizations, diagnosing and treating short term acute illnesses, and monitoring and treating chronic illnesses.
In a release Health Minister Terry Lake said, “By bringing in three new nurse practitioners, we’re helping to
address patient needs in Fort St. John and continue to address the need for primary care services in the community. High-quality primary care from doctors, nurse practitioners and other health professionals is the centrepiece of our health-care system. Primary-care services help people stay healthier, better manage their chronic conditions,
and ultimately saves the health care system money.”
It’s expected the recruitment will completed in the next few months, with the new staff beginning work soon after. As a result of the urgency of the situation and to aid in the recruitment, the government is providing funding for a temporary living allowance, and moving expenses.
In the same release Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm stated, “This is a good step forward for Fort St. John, and I know I echo others when I say residents will appreciate the positive effect more nurse practitioners will have on the community. Together, we are also supporting the drive to have more doctors come, which helps make Fort
St. John an attractive place for families, and a great place to start a career in health.”