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Background

The Nurse Practitioners for British Columbia (NP4BC) program supports the optimized use of Nurse Practitioner (NP) skills and competencies for primary health care. The program provides opportunities for NPs to be utilized as independent health practitioners, in collaborative interprofessional relationships with physicians and other health care providers.

To support the further integration of NPs into the system, the BC Ministry of Health made funding available for up to 45 NP positions to be created each year from 2012 to 2015. Supporting the integration of NP roles help provide increased access to primary health care services for high-need priority populations and those affected by local gaps in care, including the frail elderly, patients with chronic co-morbidities, patients with mental health and substance use issues, maternity patients, and unattached patients.

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Latest NP4BC News

Application approved for Slocan Valley/New Denver: RNP Donna Gibbons started seeing patients December 2014

Successful NP4BC application. Our collaborative proposal with Interior Health was approved by the Ministry of Health on May 26, 2014. The NP will be working out of the Slocan Community Health Centre in New Denver and will potentially do outreach days to the Slocan Valley. Donna Gibbons, the successful NP candidate, started seeing patients in December 2014.

Application approved for Nelson/Trail: RNP Grace Nakano started seeing patients in December 2013

Successful NP4BC application. Our collaborative proposal with Interior health was approved by the Ministry of Health on April 30, 2013. The NP will be working out of the Nelson Mental Health and Substance Use Services facility in Nelson and the Kiro Wellness Centre in Trail. Grace Nakano, the successful NP candidate, started seeing patients in December 2013.
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