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SANP Secures Commitment from Minister of Health

By Debbie Bathgate

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Monday, May 6, 2013 the Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners, (SANP), hosted a successful MLA Reception in room 208 in the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, Regina. The aim of this advocacy event included obtaining commitment from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Advanced Education to work with Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to find meaningful and useful solutions to the problems of recruitment, retention, and providing sustainable, provide high quality, accessible, affordable and sustainable primary health care services in Saskatchewan.

 

Ten SANP members came prepared with specific requests to address three areas to achieve sustainable primary health care. These were graphically portrayed on discussion posters. The first poster, “FACILITATE Sustainable Nurse Practitioner Practice,” highlighted potential government solutions to poor work-life balance and lack of administrative support. A second poster titled, “IMPROVE Human Resource Management and Planning,” highlighted government role in supportive funding for recruitment and retention of Nurse Practitioners in SK. The final poster, “ADDRESS Legislative Barriers to Nurse Practitioner Practice,” portrayed the SK Acts and Regulations which await amending and approval by the legislature. SANP asked all 30 MLA's present at the reception to support these legislative changes.

 All MLAs in attendance were provided a leaflet and personal discussion with NPs which expanded on SANP's mission outlined on the posters. The leaflet also compared/contrasted the roles of RN, NP and Family Physician and reminded them which Acts and Regulations that NPs need their vote.

 Initial action coming out of the SANP MLA Reception is that Hon. Minister of Health, Dustin Duncan, committed to meeting with SANP executive at a table including Hon Minister of Rural Health Randy Weekes, and Hon Minister of Advanced Education Donald Morgan to discuss meaningful and useful solutions to the problems identified by SANP. A second commitment by Minister Duncan is to a meeting between SANP Executive and the SK Legislative Standing Committee on Human Services. An excellent Action Plan! A successful advocacy event!

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