Zeb King

  • published Imagine Central Saanich in Les articles du blog 2022-02-20 13:45:26 -0800

    Imagine Central Saanich

    Imagine our community in 15 years or 50 years. How many people will live here? Will we still have farmland and how will climate change impact us by then? 

    I'm inviting you to meet with me to brainstorm, imagine or 'blue sky' our future by clicking the link below.

    Click here to select a date to meet


  • published Calendar 2022-02-19 00:03:30 -0800

  • published No Doctor?....Another Solution in Les articles du blog 2022-02-16 20:23:33 -0800

    No Doctor?....Another Solution

    Julia Walker — Merritt's first nurse practitioner 

    Julia W. — Merritt's first nurse practitioner

    The evolving physician shortage in BC and elsewhere in Canada is receiving a great deal of media attention. Most of the solutions proposed involve making it more attractive for doctors to practice here. There is an alternative. I firmly believe that if certain barriers were overcome, we could have comprehensive, patient-focused primary health care for people of all ages with better utilization of Nurse Practitioners. 

    So what are some of the barriers that NP’s face, and why are they not more widely used? The public, doctors and health care administrators do not realize their full scope of practice and may not trust that they are as well trained as doctors in diagnosing and treating disease. According to Dr. Susan Prendergast, an NP professor at the University of Victoria, “the evidence strongly shows that their care is equal to or better than that of family physicians and is significantly more cost-effective”.

    NP’s are Masters prepared nurses who are trained and licensed to autonomously diagnose and treat illness. They can order and interpret lab tests and x-rays, prescribe medications and perform many medical procedures. They are trained to treat you as a whole person, to consider your health’s impact on your family and community, and to teach you about disease prevention and promotion of good health. They can also assist people with management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or Alzheimer’s Disease. They work in medical clinics, community health centres, hospitals, long-term care settings and outpatient clinics. Most are hired on a salary which in Canada is estimated to be $98,000 annually. There are currently about 7,140 licensed NPs in Canada. 

    A recent NP client, Linda B., commented that “Following my NP doing my annual physical and lab work, I had an extensive interview with her, and I felt like I was really being listened to. My doctor retired, and now my NP does everything he did except surgery. I find that with the other members in her team practice, I get care that is complete, efficient and timely”.

    Another major barrier is the current hiring practices of NP’s. Most are hired on contracts, with inadequate compensation that does not include benefits such as health care and maternity leave. Dr. Prendergast noted, “many leave high paying Nursing positions only to discover that after expenses, they are actually working much harder for less pay.” 

    A third barrier exists in the education of NPs. Because there are too few practicing Nurse Practitioners in the province, practicum placements for students are at a premium, thereby limiting enrollment size. The government had planned to double the number of enrollees in BC, but Nursing Schools are unable to comply. Physicians can - and sometimes do - supervise NP students, but they must do so without pay. Most prefer to take on medical students as the compensation rate for their supervision is significant.

    It is clear that a partial solution to the current physician shortage is to fully engage Nurse Practitioners in our health care system. They have the potential to more fully involve patients in decisions about their health care, improve access to primary care and reduce pressures on the health system. As a health profession in Canada since the 1960s and regulated in BC since 2005, it is time to renew our commitment to NPs and address our primary care shortages. 

    Zeb King

    Municipal Councillor for Central Saanich, RRU student and formerly 13 years in Health Human Resources at the Ministry of Health 

     

    Bibliography

    Merritt Herald, Meet Merritt’s first nurse practitioner (July 16, 2015) https://www.merrittherald.com/meet-merritts-first-nurse-practitioner/

    Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC, https://www.nnpbc.com/


  • published Thanks to staff! in Les articles du blog 2021-12-23 13:35:27 -0800

    Thanks to Central Saanich staff!

    Dec 2021 Year End

    Thank you to Central Saanich staff for all your hard work in 2021. Between the heatwave,

    floods and pandemic waves you have been there for our community. 

    We appreciate you! 

    Press Play

    Sincerely, 

    Cllr Zeb King 


  • published Les articles du blog 2020-11-16 15:56:49 -0800

    Imagine Central Saanich
    Posted by · February 20, 2022 1:45 PM · 1 reaction

    No Doctor?....Another Solution
    Posted by · February 16, 2022 7:23 PM · 1 reaction

    Thanks to Central Saanich staff!
    Posted by · December 23, 2021 1:35 PM · 1 reaction

    See all posts or Add your story

Councillor in Central Saanich, RRU Student
Get Involved Survey Connect with Zeb