College of Nursing and City of Warman Collaborative Health Services Initiative
Residents in Warman, Saskatchewan, a city of approximately 10,500 people, have been finding the limited health services provided within the community do not meet their needs. The difficulty of attracting health care providers to Warman and keeping them once they come, has significantly impacted the care people can access in the community, requiring many of them to travel to Saskatoon. The lack of availability of other health services, such as lab testing, after hours care and chronic disease management add to the already challenging need for local health care services.
The University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing has partnered with the City of Warman to assess the type and amount of health services shortfall and to develop a plan for addressing the gaps, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the health of their community.
What is being done to determine the need for this initiative?
Working closely with the City of Warman and surrounding area, making sure to engage residents wherever possible, a community assessment of the current and five-year projected primary health care needs for the City of Warman and surrounding area has been completed. This assessment was led by city representatives, in partnership with the College of Nursing and School of Public Health.
What is the proposed end result of the collaboration?
The innovative opportunity being explored through this partnership is the development of a Nurse Practitioner (NP)-led Interprofessional Academic Faculty Practice Clinic in the City of Warman. In addition to enhancing the health care services currently provided in the community, this clinic will also provide an optimal setting for student practice experiences, as well as community-based, patient and family led research partnerships that will guide ongoing evaluation and improvement of the health services that are provided.
Although a stand-alone clinic is the overall end-goal of the collaboration, a smaller, simplified version of the larger clinic may be necessary in the beginning.
What is a NP-Led Clinic?
Nurse Practitioner (NP)-led clinics are a model for the delivery of health care using a team based approach – involving health care professionals from a variety of disciplines. NP-led clinics in both Canada and the United States have led to improved patient access to primary health care services, enhanced use of best practice guidelines, improved patient outcomes and cost-effective care. NP-led clinics feature patient and family-centred care and a collaboration of a range of professionals including nurse practitioners, nurses, doctors, pharmacists and nutritionists. To learn more about NP-led clinics, take a look into NP-led clinics in Ontario on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
The University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing prepares Registered Nurses for advanced nursing practice in the role of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners. Graduates of the Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program develop expert knowledge, critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills to address the health care needs of individuals, families and communities. NP graduates make significant contributions to the breadth and quality of primary health care services available to Saskatchewan residents, providing evidence-based, patient and family-centred care.
The College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Program was reviewed in 2015 and earned program approval for five years – the highest level of approval granted for Nurse Practitioner Programs in Saskatchewan. College of Nursing NP graduates have an exceptionally high level of success on the national certification exam (100% pass rate) and are well prepared to provide safe, competent, evidence-informed primary health care for the people of Saskatchewan.
Who is involved in this project?
A Project Charter was created in August 2016 to formally declare the intent of the City of Warman and the College of Nursing to create a steering committee to guide this partnership. Membership on the steering committee includes the Mayor of Warman, Her Worship, Ms. Sheryl Spence, members of the Warman community and faculty and staff from the University of Saskatchewan representing Senior Administration, Finance, Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition and Public Health. The Saskatoon Health Region is also represented and helping to support the planning.
In addition to the steering committee, a working group has been formed to execute the day-to-day activities required to move the initiative forward.
What are the next steps?
Alongside the community assessment project, the working group simultaneously developed a business plan for the proposed NP-led clinic in Warman. If all stakeholders are willing to move ahead with the creation of the NP-led clinic in Warman, an implementation plan will be developed and executed based on recommendations from the Steering Committee.
I have questions. How can I find more information?
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