Northern Health exploring Houston nurse education

Northern Health is looking at ways to enable nurses to do more at the Houston Health Centre, and what it will take for nurses to upgrade.

Northern Health is looking at ways to enable nurses to do more at the Houston Health Centre.

A Houston Health Review released last February recommended Houston’s first call registered nurses get remote nursing certification.

To get remote nursing certification, nurses need to take a ten month full-time course.

Houston Health Centre Coordinator Sally Sullivan says it will take creativity to make that happen.

“It’s a big time commitment and we only have three nurses as it is,” she said.

“So we have to look at how we could cover one nurse if she were to go and do the course full time.”

Sullivan says they are also looking at ways for nurses to take sections of the course at a time.

Health Service Administrator Cormac Hikisch says the nursing upgrades “is a longer-term goal.”

“It’s a great opportunity to improve the nurses scope and competency, but it’s going to take some time and effort,” he said.

“The biggest issue is not wanting to put at risk our current nursing operations.”

For now, the Houston priority is doctor recruitment and Health Centre renovations, Hikisch said.

The Houston Health Review also suggests nurses get primary care nursing education to work in the inter professional team with doctors.

Northern Health recently created a job description for primary care nurses and Hikisch says they are still exploring that opportunity.