Equality Report Card: Integrating Nurse Practitioners


Our Analysis:

In the Island health system, there are now three nurse practitioners active on the Island, one more than last year.

A Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner (SANE) program might be in place as soon as 2010, when the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department moves into their new location. We look forward to a formal, public commitment by government to establish a SANE program.

“Integrating” nurse practitioners into the system will require efforts to create good and supportive working environments and health care models that include nurse practitioners. The Corpus Sanchez report on Integrated Health System Review in PEI calls for “a long-term strategy to increase use of nurse practitioners” and “expansion of the nurse practitioner model [in support of community-based primary health care], including redefining the nature of the collaborative practice model so that access to nurse practitioners is not impeded due to the lack of an on-site family physician.” These are recommendations we look forward to seeing implemented.

This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2009 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2009 and based on information updated to May 30, 2009.

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