Nova Scotia Health plans to hire at least 13 nurse practitioners to provide “much-needed support” to long-term care facilities, the province announced Tuesday.
In a statement, the province said it will invest $ 2.5 million for its hiring efforts. He said the new nurse practitioners will work with existing facility teams and family physicians to diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications and perform some medical procedures for residents.
He said they will work in multiple long-term care facilities, as well as serve people from the surrounding community who do not have a family doctor or access to a skilled nurse.
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“Nova Scotia’s seniors deserve dignity and higher levels of care, and we can’t do that without a trained workforce and facilities with the right staffing levels,” said Barbara Adams, Minister of Aging and Long-Term Care, at the notice.
“This is just the first contracting step we must take to repair health care for the elderly and provide more care for thousands of people.”
The statement said that more nurse practitioners will ease other pressures on health care and long-term care systems, such as reduced ambulance rides, emergency room visits and delays in long-term care admissions. .
The statement added that there are currently 29 nurse practitioners working in long-term care in the province.
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