Brucelea Haven gets funding for attending nurse practitioner initiative

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BRUCE COUNTY – The South West Local Health Integration Network (SWLHIN) announced in March that Bruce County had been approved for funding under the attending nurse practitioner in long-term care homes initiative.

Long Term Care Homes Committee of Management chair Chris Peabody, mayor of Brockton, described it during the April 15 committee meeting as “good news.”

CAO Sandra Datars Bere explained that the project is in partnership with Elgin Abbey Nursing Home in Chesley. Staff from both Brucelea Haven and Elgin Abbey, with input from the LHIN, developed the joint proposal seeking the funding.

The annual funding allocated to create the new position is $122,854.

The nurse practitioner will spend four days a week at Brucelea and one day at Elgin Abbey.

In response to a question from the committee, Datars Bere explained “there was interest in two organizations in close geographical proximity.” She said both will benefit.

The nurse practitioner will report directly to the director of nursing or equivalent at each home and will also be accountable to the medical director to meet the home’s policies, procedures and protocols for medical services. The nurse practitioner will collaborate with the resident and family/caregiver, and the health team.

A report from the CAO described the scope of practice for the new staff member.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times