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New nurse practitioners in the interior

Soon an additional 45 new nurse practitioners will be working around British Columbia, as part of government's commitment to substantially increase the number of nurse practitioners employed in the province.

The nurse practitioners will be working in primary care settings around British Columbia and are hired based on population base, including:

Fraser Health - ten
Vancouver Coastal Health - nine
Vancouver Island Health Authority - seven
Interior Health - six
Northern Health - five
Provincial Health Services Authority - five
Providence Health Care - three

Practical nurse placement in the interior:

  • Interior Health Community Integrated Health Services ‐ Central Okanagan Diabetes
  • Cranbrook Ktunaxa Nation Council
  • Revelstoke ‐ Community Integrated Health Services GP/Nurse Practitioner Partnerships
  • Sicamous Medical Clinic: For frail elderly patients, those with chronic disease, transient and low economic patients, and maternity care.
  • Enderby - Pleasant Valley Manor/Parkview Place/Bastion Place – For residents over 19 who require 24‐hour care and supervision due to vulnerability related to disability, illness or frailty.
  • North Shore Kamloops In this proposal the nurse practitioner would work collaboratively on the north shore with Royal Inland Hospital hospitalists to follow up on unattached frail senior patients being discharged

"Nurse practitioners are a valuable part of our health-care team," said Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid. "Adding 45 more nurse practitioner will bolster resources available - particularly in primary and community care settings - to improve access to care. Over the next three years, we will be funding a total of 190 new nurse practitioner positions."

The new nurse practitioners are being funded by a $22.2-million initiative, first announced in May, which committed to fund 190 nurse practitioner positions over the next three fiscal years.

The nurse practitioners will be working in primary health-care settings, including medical clinics, mental health clinics, residential care and First Nations' health services. These nurse practitioners are expected to start working as soon as possible, once contracts are signed with health authorities.

"We know that many nurse practitioners have been frustrated by the lack of opportunities for the profession in the province, and this will go a long way towards solving that problem. My hope is that more British Columbians will find out how nurse practitioners can help them better access the health-care services they need," said Rosemary Graham,
president of the British Columbia Nurse Practitioner Association.

Nurse practitioners were introduced to BC in 2005 to assist in improving access to primary health-care services. Currently, 252 nurse practitioners are registered with the College of Registered Nurses. 

BC has the ability to educate up to 45 nurse practitioners a year, 15 at each of the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

Click here for Q and A about the program.

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