Dana Jones (left)

Dana Jones (left)

Program highlights nurse practitioners

Research aimed at improving the ways nurse practitioners are included in the health system

The Interior Health Authority and the School of Nursing at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus have conducted research aimed at improving the ways nurse practitioners are included in the health system.

The research included a detailed literature review, interviews and full-day stakeholder workshops and resulted in a number of recommendations to clarify the role of NPs and promote their integration within the health-care system.

“The results of our research led us to developing a series of three informational videos about NPs, how they work within the health-care team and the impact they have on the health-care system,” said Donna Mendel, regional practice leader for IHA’s professional practice office.

The NP videos can be used to raise awareness and increase understanding for patients, families, health-care providers, physicians and administrators of the role of the NP.

“We are thrilled with the outcome of this research study,” said Nelly Oelke, assistant professor for the School of Nursing at UBCO.

“It has prompted discussions and action in NP integration, strengthened partnerships between researchers and decision-makers and will provide the foundation for future research.”

The NP videos are located on the IH YouTube channel while photos of the making-of the NP videos are posted on the UBCO Facebook page.

NPs work in partnership with physicians and other health-care professionals to provide quality care to people of all ages, families, groups and communities.

NPs are registered nurses with additional education at the Master’s level and are qualified to diagnose and treat illnesses, order tests, prescribe medications, manage, monitor and review chronic health conditions.

Within IHA, there are currently 40 NPs working in a variety of settings including: caring for the elderly in residential care, partnering in care with First Nations communities, providing primary care in a number of rural communities and caring for patients in the cardiac and thoracic programs.