RIVER STONE CLINIC
Possibilities in Primary Care
~ Originally published in the Alberta Association Of Nurses - Alberta Association Of Nurses (albertanursing.ca)
October 2023 Newsletter
Primary care is a popular topic in Alberta’s healthcare conversation. A lot of work has been done towards Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Care System (MAPS), an initiative by the Government of Alberta that many AAN members have been a part of. This month, we wanted to highlight one primary care clinic that is taking an approach many nurses have been calling for, for years--a primary care clinic that delivers care by nurses.
If every Albertan is going to have access to a primary care provider, we need to think and operate differently, and this may be one solution to the primary care provider shortage in Alberta.
The newly opened River Stone Nurse Practitioner Clinic - Edmonton, AB (riverstonenpclinic.ca) has one goal: to link those without a family doctor to primary care providers. By using a model with a multidisciplinary team of NPs, RNs, and LPNs, not only do they work to full scope, they also offer comprehensive and collaborative care for their clients.
A multi-disciplinary model was well established in the existing River Stone Wellness Centre, and in June 2023, the owners, with the assistance of 143 HealthCARE Consulting, opened their first NP Clinic to better meet the needs of clients who had voiced concerns about not having a primary care provider or being unable to access one in a timely manner.
The clinic’s team consists of NPs, LPNs, and medical office assistants who collaborate with the client to provide comprehensive primary care. NPs assess, diagnose, treat, order, and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests and imaging, prescribe medications, make referrals to specialists, and manage overall care. LPNs are involved in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care in the areas of prevention, management of acute illness, and chronic disease. The combined skills and team approach make this model of care an invaluable resource for the clinic's clients.
Being able to provide complete primary care is also a fulfilling experience for their nursing team. "I love working to my full scope. Being able to assist individuals to improve their health is so rewarding," said Kayla Collier, LPN.
Carla Sparrow, NP, echoes this sentiment. "Being supported by River Stone's leadership team to provide comprehensive care to our clients allows me to do what I love most: fully care for our clients, see them flourish, and achieve their health goals."
As Florence Nightengale once said, "… never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.” The nursing profession and those who believe in it and support it must press on to ensure high quality primary care is available to all who need it. Together, we must begin, allow for growth and nurturing, and the story will write itself.
To learn more about the River Stone NP Clinic, please contact info@RiverStoneNPclinic.ca.
In August 143 HCC celebrated its four-year anniversary and in keeping with our commitment to keep learning, growing, and understanding whom we are best to serve – we are excited to share our future intentions for our business.
First and foremost a heartfelt thank you to all our clients that we have had opportunity to work with to date as well as our partners for which we have been fortunate to collaborate on several projects and initiatives. We appreciate you and your hard work and efforts.
In our role as system convenors and advocates for quality primary care – particularly in rural Alberta – 143 HCC is now narrowing its focus to concentrate our efforts on the scale and spread of nurse practitioners practicing to their full scope in the primary care setting and secondly advancing access to community-based palliative and end of life care – and specifically the growth of the residential hospice model.
As many of you know 143 HCC was contracted in November 2022 to River Stone Wellness to support the design and implementation of their nurse practitioner clinic. The
clinic opened June 2023 and we couldn't be more excited for River Stone to provide high quality primary care to their clients.
In August 143 HCC began working with
to support their Board of Directors and CEO with a strategic plan and the development of short and long-term goals for sustainability and growth of the Roozen Family Hospice Centre - Edmonton’s first stand-alone community hospice.
We are very excited to be able to share this news and look forward to fostering new relationships and partners that are as passionate about this work as we are.
Once again thank you for your support of 143 HCC.
As always, it is a privilege to serve.
Stacey & Colleen
143 HealthCARE Consulting Inc.
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