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Northern BC to get Nurse Practitioners
FORT ST. JOHN – Northern Health (NH), First Nations Health Authority and northern communities around northern British Columbia have teamed up to bring in reinforcements for primary care patients.
“Nurse practitioners (NP) work in both independent and collaborative practice roles in B.C., providing valuable support to health care services,” said Health Minister Terry Lake via NH press release.
There will be seven N.P.s coming to the northern region and two will be in Fort St. John.
The two N.P.s, Michael Tantongco has a background in paediatric oncology and Virginia Davis completed her masters at University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).
According to the release, nurse practitioners are registered nurses with degrees in advanced medicine. This means that they can performs some duties that at one time, only doctors could do, such as prescribe medication and serve as the primary health care provider.
Full story to follow.