Specialized nurse practitioners: an essential role in improving access to care

When Claudie Roussy arrived at work that morning, another good day awaited her. The nurse practitioner specializing in adult care (IPSSA) of the Montreal Heart Institute was notably going to meet a couple who had been married for 50 years, whose spouse has health problems.
The man actually suffers from a chronic disease. He is hospitalized repeatedly and his functional capacities decrease. His wife is exhausted. Claudie had a good discussion with them to accompany them in this difficult ordeal.

“My patient needed me to take away the feeling of being a burden and his spouse, the feeling of guilt that lived in her because she no longer felt able to help him. We had to consider together the possibility for my patient to go to a residential center, ”she says. This family meeting is part of Claudie’s daily life. “It’s my added value. What is the most rewarding in my eyes, ”says IPSSA.

Make a difference

“In 2006, when I started my studies to become a nurse, it was the first years of specialized nurse practitioners. I chose to deepen my knowledge in pathophysiology and pharmacology by doing a master’s degree in nursing because my father had had a heart attack the year before. As a family, you feel helpless. I wanted to have comprehensive care for the patient and their family, ”explains Claudie.

Having developed advanced skills in health education and communication, Claudie also supports her patients in their lifestyle change in addition to performing various medical activities, including that of prescribing diagnostic exams, such as chest x-rays. He also regularly prescribes, adjusts or applies certain medical treatments, such as electrical cardioversion, that is, giving the patient an electric shock aimed at restoring his normal heart rate.

“There is nothing richer in experience than seeing that you have made a difference in people’s lives. I like it when I see a patient in an outpatient clinic two weeks after his discharge from the hospital and he says thank you, ”says Claudie.

Offer even more care

By valuing a graduate university education like Claudie’s and by giving several continuing education to its members each year, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) strives to provide quality care to the population while contributing to that she has better access to care when she needs it.

With the adoption of Bill 43, specialized nurse practitioners will soon be able to diagnose certain diseases. Is Claudie ready to take this new step? “The IPS have all the skills required, in their specialty class, to meet the needs of patients. Bill 43 recognizes our expertise and our training. In my opinion, this is a major gain for Quebecers, ”says Claudie Roussy.

To find out more: oiiq.org/100-ans/mot-du-president

See Claudie alongside Paul Houde in the Day Trainee Webseries , in collaboration with ICI TOU.TV where, for the day, three famous personalities immerse themselves in the nursing profession.

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