July 6, 2012
The Prairie North Regional Health Authority held its regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, June 27 in North Battleford.
· Licensed practical nurses have more to offer Saskatchewan patients and the province's health care system than they currently provide, according to a study completed by CUPE Research in November 2011.
Brian Manegre, president of CUPE Local 5111 and Val Spencer, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Turtleford spoke to the Board about the report, titled Full Utilization of Licensed Practical Nurses: A Practical Solution to the Nursing Shortage. One of the problems they identified within Prairie North Health Region is a lack of consistency in what LPNs are permitted to do in various locations and positions.
Prairie North CEO David Fan appreciated hearing from the delegation and acknowledged the need to be consistent in practice across the Region. “Having every health-care professional work to their full scope of practice – that is, do all of the things they are trained to do – is key to having a patient-centered, high-performing health system,” he said. “We are moving that way.” He committed to having the standardization of LPN practice further examined within Prairie North.
· Prairie North Health Region's 2011-12 Annual Report was approved by the Board. The document has now been submitted to the Ministry of Health for final approval and will be tabled for the Legislative Assembly at the end of July.
· Prairie North's Chief Financial Officer Rhonda Derkatz presented a revision to the 2012/13 budget plan to reflect an adjustment in accounting practice as requested by the Ministry of Health. The Board approved the revised, balanced budget plan.
· Financial statements to the end of May 2012 show a deficit of $1.4 million.
Upcoming public meetings:
· August 29: Lloydminster, Lloydminster Hospital
· September 26: Meadow Lake, Northwest Health Facility
· October 31: Turtleford
Minutes from previous Board meetings can be found at http://www.pnrha.ca/, under About PNHR > Governance / Board of Directors > PNRHA Board Minutes.
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