Community Health Nurse
Upper Nicola’s Community Health Nurse provides a wide range of services to ensure people living within the community have access to quality health care. Services are provided in group settings or on an individual basis. Any person with a condition or illness that requires care beyond the scope of our community health nurse is referred to an appropriate service to ensure proper care is given to the individual.
Community Health Nurse Services:
- Pre- and post-natal education and support, including home visits to monitor child development as well as the progress of the mother.
- Infant and family health – providing support for children and families, as well as referring families to other service professionals.
- Child and school health – educating children and youth on the importance of good hygiene practices, such as hand washing, proper etiquette for sneezing and coughing, as well as on identifying poisons and other safety concerns. Adolescents are also educated on sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Adult and Elder health – educating people on chronic conditions, diabetes, heart disease, nutrition and cardiac health.
- Communicable disease and harm reduction – providing TB testing, and safe injection resources. Safe sex resources are also available at the school, health centre, and band office.
- Health education and promotion – providing articles on safety and disease protection in our community newsletter. Our community health nurse also holds Wellness Days every Thursday to ensure members are aware of the services available for them.
- Project work – increasing awareness about important health issues such as HIV and helping people understand the issues.
- Living well with chronic disease – providing home visits, as well as information to people suffering with chronic conditions to improve their quality of life.
- Mental health promotion – assessing the emotional wellness of an individual, as well as the support systems they have in place to determine whether the individual should be referred to another service professional for further care.
- Environmental health – assessing unsafe housing conditions to identify mould or water problems to provide a report to the proper authorities to ensure living conditions will be improved.