A joint message from:
Frankie Vitone, Senior Director, Care Coordination
Lloy Schindeler, Senior Director, Clinical Services
In celebration of National Nursing Week – May 9th to 15th, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the vital and varied work of our CCAC's 250+ nurses, and the many hundreds more who work for our contracted service providers across the North East. Key members of the community health care team, these nurses care for over 15,000 patients and their caregivers each day, coordinating personal support, nursing and therapy services, and providing direct individualized care. Nurses working in home and community care bring a variety of specialized skills to their roles. Here are just a few:
Telehomecare Nurses use technology to remotely monitor the health progress of patients with COPD and CHF in their own homes, providing assistance in self-managing chronic conditions, regular education, and health coaching sessions.
Mental Health and Addictions Nurses provide direct care and education in the school environment to children and youth with addictions or mental health issues.
Rapid Response Nurses provide care during a patient's transition from hospital to home care services. Following discharge, they provide an in-home nursing visit to assess patients, reconcile medications, review care plans and confirm follow-up appointments.
Nurse Practitioners provide access to a primary care provider for patients who do not have one.
Palliative Nurse Practitioners work collaboratively with local palliative care teams to add value to each patient's end of life journey.
Care Coordinators are Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses who work with patients, families and caregivers in the community, schools, clinics, hospitals, Family Health Teams, and in the home. They conduct thorough health assessments in order to determine each patient's needs, and coordinate community services to help meet the patient's goals. Together, they develop an individualized plan of care.
Enterostomal Therapists are nurses who specialize in wounds and ostomies, and work with the patient and their care team to assess wounds, recommend the best course to healing, and provide education around wound avoidance.
Community Nurses are employed by the CCAC's contracted service provider agencies, going into homes, schools or working in clinics across the North East to provide direct, hands on care. Community nurses work closely with the entire CCAC care team to ensure patient goals are being met.
Our nurses may have diverse roles, but their focus is singular – to provide patient-centred, compassionate care in communities across the North East. We are proud to know them as colleagues and as friends.