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Nurse Practitioners: Political Change Agents

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L to R: Lia Boxall, Fred Bradshaw, Sharon Frisky, Pat Olsen

Lia Boxall, Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners (SANP) President Elect and two of her NP colleagues Pat Olsen and Sharon Frisky, met with Carrot River MLA, Fred Bradshaw on May 11, 2012.

The NPs used the SANP political advocacy tools available to all members to discuss three main issues with Honourable Fred Bradshaw:

  •  The Sask Party needs to increase the number of NPs being educated in Saskatchewan.  Of note is that the Ministry of Health bursary program details are not posted yet and enquiries were made as to if that was available for NP students in 2012.  The forgivable student loans listed at present for NPs seem to be only for Saskatchewan Student Loans.  The problem is that NP students must leave Saskatchewan to study to become a specialized NP such as an ER NP or a geriatrics NP.  Would the Ministry forgive loans used to seek education outside of Saskatchewan if the NP returned to work here?  Government was encouraged to increase student support for individuals studying to become NPs in Saskatchewan because costs include books, tuition, travel and living expenses, as well as lost wages over 2-3 years.
  • The Ministry of Health needs to increase flexibility regarding new NP positions in communities to respond to needs, even when unfilled positions still exist.  There are various reasons why a posted position may remain vacant (unattractiveness of the job description, hours, site of position), and withholding funding for other needed positions until those previously posted are filled is counterproductive.

Congratulations and thank you to NP's Lia Boxall, Pat Olsen and Sharon Frisky, and Honourable Fred Bradshaw for this important conversation.

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