These specialized caregivers practise an advanced level of nursing
also manage independent clinics andcarry their own patient caseload.
With a growing number of NPs inAlberta’s health-care system, patientscan access comprehensive care fasterand more easily.
Of the 321 nurse practitioners inAlberta, 229 work for Alberta HealthServices, most in hospitals.
“For the first time in the province,
nurse practitioners now have
their own outpatient clinics,” says
Christene Evanochko, a neonatal
nurse practitioner and professional
practice leader. “We’re seeing results
in improved patient satisfaction,
better continuity of care and, in some
instances, decreased length of stay in
Evanochko stresses nurse
practitioners are not a substitute for
physicians. Rather, they collaborate and
consult with them.
In Salamon’s case, Thomas ran abattery of tests to assess her heart healthand found her to be at high risk for aheart attack. She then gave Salamon theresources to manage her blood pressure,cholesterol, weight and blood sugar.
“These days, I feel really, really good,”says Salamon. “I’m just tickled pinkwith Jissy’s care. I followed her planand today she tells me I’m her healthiestpatient.”— Gregory Kennedy
Margaretha Salamon had neverseen a nurse practitioner in her life untilthe day she went to the hospital withchest pains.
Within hours, and after seeinga cardiologist, the 78-year-oldgrandmother was introduced to nursepractitioner Jissy Thomas, who managesthe new Cardiovascular Risk ReductionClinic at the Mazankowski AlbertaHeart Institute.
Salamon is one of a growing numberof Albertans to receive care from nursepractitioners, or NPs. These specializedcaregivers practise an advancedlevel of nursing and are licensed todiagnose and manage chronic illnesses,order diagnostic tests and prescribetreatments and medications. They can
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