Four members of the Belleville Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic recently met with MPP Todd Smith in an effort to raise awareness about the NPAO and the work of Nurse Practitioners in the Quinte region and beyond. I have attached a photo from this meeting in the event that you may be able to use it on your website or in a newsletter.
PHOTO: (from left) Julie Lossing, MN NP; Kristy Naulls, MN NP; MPP Todd Smith; Dr. Tammy O’Rourke, BS/MS, PhD; Ann Marie Baldwin, BSBA.
NPAO Celebrated 40 Years as an Association representing Nurse Practitioners in the Province of Ontario in November.
To watch our 40th Anniversary Video please click on the link : http://youtu.be/VsWOQRJVEk4
A message from former Ontario Premier Bob Rae on the 40th Anniversary of NPAO and the Lifetime Honorary Membership award to former Ontario Health Minister Ruth Grier.
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The NPAO Conference and AGM wrapped up on November 9th in Toronto. Over 450 Nurse Practitioners, Students and Exhibitors attended the Conference and 40th Anniversary gala on Thursday night.
Congratulations to all 2013 Award winners including Wellington Region Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic Director Paula Carere ,who was the recipient of the Jerry Gerow Nurse Practitioner Leadership Award.
It’s the biggest compliment Jennifer Clement has received in five years as a nurse practitioner.
Teenage boys don’t like going to see health care practitioners, so when a boy said to his mother, “Mom, something’s not right. I need to go see Jen,” Clement was pleased.
She is one of six nurse practitioners who work for two offices of the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioners Clinics.
To read the complete story : http://www.thesudburystar.com/2013/11/04/about-time-for-sudbury-nurse-practitioners
“Nurse practitioners have been providing safe, high-quality health care for the people of Ontario for more than 40 years,” said Theresa Agnew, executive director of the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO). “They have become essential members of the health-care team. We believe that every person in the province should be able to access a nurse practitioner when and where they need one.”
Ottawa, October 28, 2013 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) campaign to raise awareness about nurse practitioners (NPs), which focuses on how NPs improve access to quality health care and reduce wait times, is being launched today in Ontario. More than four million Canadians are without access to a primary health care provider, while those that have one often have difficulty accessing care. The result is an unsustainable, heavily burdened and overcrowded health-care system. As the national professional voice of registered nurses (RNs), CNA strongly believes that adding more NPs will improve access, lead to a greater number of health-care options and enhance care for the whole patient.
The campaign — whose slogan is “Nurse Practitioners: It’s About Time!” — is led by CNA in conjunction with RNAO and NPAO. First launched in October 2011, the CNA campaign targets Canada’s various jurisdictions to create a regional focus on the value of NPs. In Ontario, the campaign will involve print and radio ads, as well as transit posters, online ads and other marketing and government relations activities. For more information about CNA’s NP campaign, and to access interactive tools such as video and letters to government, please visit npnow.ca or www.ipenfin.ca/ (French)
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The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing more than 150,000 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded not-for-profit health system.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.
The Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario is the professional association and voice of NPs in Ontario.
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OWEN SOUND - Local aboriginals with complex health care needs now have a special outreach team at their disposal.
Owen Sound is the base for a new Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, serving Chippewas of Nawash at Saugeen and Cape Croker, the Metis community and off-reserve aboriginals as well.
An official opening of the access centre was held Tuesday.
The outreach team, which will work out of Owen Sound and travel regularly to Saugeen and Cape Croker, includes a nurse practitioner, a patient navigator focused on helping seniors, two mental health and addictions case management workers and a traditional healing services coordinator.
“What we have here is an indigenous-informed model of care, which sort of acts as a navigational point in the system so that aboriginal community services are connected to the broader health system, and health supports for people with complex needs,” said Gertie-Mae Muise, aboriginal health lead for the South West Local Health Integration Network.
The clients, she said, may have multiple illnesses and face challenges and barriers to getting well. With an outreach team tailored to meet their needs, it should help keep them out of hospital and in their communities longer.
Muise said the access centre has been about a year in the making. She said there were previous gaps in the system for some aboriginals.
“What we find is there are barriers to that access,” she said. “Usually what we find is that the Western services are not necessarily oriented to understanding the complex nature of life within indigenous territory and communities, and the impacts of colonization, assimilation, the residential school legacy, and all the inter-generational issues that are in that.”
But Muise said she didn’t want to give the impression that aboriginal communities are not healthy.
“Our communities are well,” she said. “About 60% of our people have good solid mental health and are well and live good lives. For those that aren’t, there are a lot of complicating factors that require a specific and unique approach.”
That approach can include traditional native healing methods, she said, such as seeing a traditional healer, talking to an auntie, or participating in a drum circle.
For Complete Story : http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/2013/09/24/outreach-team-to-improve-health-access-for-aboriginals