What do FPNs do?
Help manage health issues such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, high blood pressure, smoking,cholesterol and heart disease.
Provide well-baby visits and prenatal care.
Review and update medications.
Perform pap tests.
Provide teaching and support for healthy living. Topics could include healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, and sexual health.
Review and promote health screening.
Provide immunizations, injections, wound care, and more.
What are the benefits of having nurses in family practice?
- Improved and more timely access to primary care
- Physicians receive support with complex and time-consuming patients
- Patients and families get more time with a health professional for education, guidance and counselling
- Enhanced chronic disease management
- Comprehensive preventive health maintenance screening
- Support and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours
- Improved screening, early detection and diagnosis
- Access to two or more health-care providers with complementary strengths and perspectives
- Comprehensive health records
- More health care delivered in a cost-effective manner
- Improved patient outcomes, which decreases costs to the health system in the future
- Potentially reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions
- High career satisfaction for nurses due to greater independence, quality of team interactions and ability to achieve work-life balance