Nisga’a Valley Health Authority provides 4 nursing services: Remote Certified Practice Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Public Health Nursing, and Home Care Nursing.
Remote Certified Practice Nursing (RNC) involves nurses who work in an expanded scope of practice to provide primary care, public health, health promotion and curative, urgent and emergent care, rehabilitation and supportive or palliative care for individuals, families and communities, including after hours on-call emergency care. Registered Nurses who are certified by CRNBC can independently carry out some restricted activities that normally require an order. These nurses have access to physicians who can provide consultation when needed. NVHA has 4 RNCs. This nurse also participates in after-hours on-call emergency care.
Emergency Nursing staff are responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care. ER RN can provide rapid identification of life-threatening injuries, comprehensive patient assessment, and enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes. These nurses also participate in after-hours on-call emergency care.
NVHA strives to have one RNC and an emergency nurse in Gitlaxt’aamiks, Laxgatls’ap and Gingolx. The PHN and HCN travel to each of the four communities every one to two weeks.
All nurses participate in after-hours on-call emergency care.
The Chief Patient Care Officer works with Solutions Staffing to ensure nurses with appropriate certification are recruited to work at NVHA. Any questions or concerns from the public are reviewed diligently and thoroughly in consultation with physician if needed and/or supervisors of the departments involved. The information provided will be used to improve medical services to the community.
After-hours On-call Emergency Care
WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY? “…A SITUATION THAT IF LEFT FOR EVEN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME COULD CAUSE DEATH OR SERIOUS PROBLEMS TO A PERSON’S HEALTH.”
Nurses are available 24/7. After working a full day, they’re first on-call.
While on-call, they continually get calls for non-emergencies. For non-emergencies, please make every effort to be assessed at your health centre during clinic hours.