What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?
Nurse Practitioners (NP’s) have advanced education which prepares them to deliver a new role with patients. They are able to assess, diagnose, monitor and treat a wide range of health problems. They also work to keep people well by consulting and collaborating with physicians and other health care professionals to meet the needs of the patient population.
What is a NPLC?
In 2007, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced the creation of 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics. The clinics were targeted to be fully operational by the end of 2012. To date, the 25 NPLCs are in various stages of development in the following communities: Barrie, Belle River Township of Lakeshore, Belleville, Capreol, Sudbury, Essex, French River, Huntsville, Ingersoll, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oro Station, Oshawa, Peterborough, Sarnia, Sault Ste Marie, Scarborough, South Glengarry, Smith Falls, Sutton, Thessalon, Thunder Bay and Toronto.
Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics are a new primary health care delivery model in which Nurse Practitioners are the lead providers of primary health care. Through a collaborative practice approach which includes Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, collaborating family physicians, and other health care professionals, nurse practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services. Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics improve the quality of care through enhanced health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management, as well as improve care co-ordination and navigation of the health care system at the local level.
Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services through Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to populations who have difficulty accessing a primary care provider (i.e. unattached patients). Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics deliver:
- Comprehensive primary care to patients in the community ensuring continuity of care;
- Holistic care that addresses all needs of each patient;
- Enhanced health promotion;
- Chronic Disease and illness management and prevention;
- Care coordination and navigation of the health care system; and
- Integrated care within the community through established partnerships.
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training who are licensed to provide routine and acute medical care. They are able to diagnose health conditions, prescribe medications and order tests.
Nurse practitioners work in a variety of health care settings, including clinics, hospitals and in remote rural settings. They typically work collaboratively with doctors and other members of the health care team and can serve as a patient’s primary care provider.
It is the philosophy of nurse practitioners to provide individualized care that focuses on wellness and healthful lifestyle choices. Nurse practitioners, on the whole, spend more time with patients at appointments than do MDs, and are more likely to offer patient education and counseling.
Nurse Practitioners working at the clinic are paid a salary and do not work on a fee-for-service basis. Patients are registered to the clinic and not an individual health care provider. Referrals to medical specialists are made as needed.
Nurse Practitioner, Clinic Director
Medical Administrative Clerk
Medical Administrative Clerk
Registered Social Worker
Registered Practical Nurse
Clinical Lab Technician
Dr. Larry Woodward
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair: Jim Liddell
Sharon Goodwin (NP)
Lynn Lawson (NP)
Vice-Chair: Jennie Humbert (NP)
Treasurer: Ryan Lake, CPA, CA
What makes us a Best Practice Spotlight Organization?
As of October 2015, The North Bay Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic became the first NPLC Best Practice Spotlight Organization. Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) are health-care organizations that have undertaken a rigorous selection process by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) to implement evidence-based best practice guidelines aimed at making a positive impact on patient care. Prior to being granted BPSO status, organizations must undertake a three-year intensive process to implement 5 guidelines.
As such, patients can be assured that the NBNPLC is using the latest evidence-based practices in the following:
Assessment and Management of Pain
Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses *NEW
Collaborative Practice Among Nursing Teams Guideline
Nursing Management of Hypertension *NEW
Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice
Interventions for Postpartum Depression
Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients
Woman Abuse: Screening, Identification and Initial Response
First launched in 2003, the BPSO initiative is an off-shoot of the RNAO’s Nursing Best Practice Guideline program which began in November 1999 and has since spread across Canada and to countries around the world.
Provide comprehensive innovative Inter-professional primary health care for unattached patients in North Bay
To promote optimal health for those living with chronic disease and for families with young children, through the provision of primary health care services.
To be a quality primary health care service in North Bay that is fully integrated in the community.
Setting and Monitoring Strategy
The NBNPL Clinic uses a Balanced Scorecard (BSc) framework to set and monitor annual strategic directions. The BSc is a performance measurement tool focused on generating and measuring results and is aligned with the organization’s vision and mission. Five quadrants exist within the BSc at the NBNPL Clinic: Learning & Growth, Internal Processes, Client Benefits, Partner/Stakeholder Satisfaction, and Finances & Resources
The North Bay Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic builds on the strengths and helps fill the gaps of the current health system. Collaborating with others is essential to providing the best patient care possible. Here is a list of some of our partners:
Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI)
Children’s Aid Society – Nipissing/Parry Sound
Electronic Child Health Network (eCHN)
Health Care Connect
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Indian Friendship Centre
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (NBPSDHU)
North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC)
North East Community Care Access Centre (NECCAC)
North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN)
Ontario Laboratory Information System (OLIS)
Quality Improvement Committee Annual Report June 2016
The NBNPLC continues to engage with patients, staff, community partners and the wider community in order to seek input for improved patient access, integration and care and to problem-solve system integration issues.