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Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week!

08/11/2021

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week, celebrated annually across Canada and internationally, is a way to recognize and raise awareness of the vital role NPs play in our health-care system. This year, NP week is November 7 to 13.

NPs are highly respected, valuable members of our health-care teams, and play a crucial role in delivering services across Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). NPs have been members of the VCH Medical Staff since 2018 and belong to the Regional Department of Nurse Practitioners. VCH started with only five NPs—this number has grown to over 130 NPs working across a variety of practice settings, including acute care, primary care, long-term care, and ambulatory car e in both rural and urban areas. Today, we also have NPs in prominent senior leadership positions within VCH.

"Nurse practitioners play a critical role in providing care to our patients and clients across Vancouver Coastal Health," said Vivian Eliopoulos, President and CEO of Vancouver Coastal Health. "Their focus on disease prevention and maintaining health is more important than ever as we deal with the physical and psychological challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a registered nurse myself, I understand the demands and challenges for nurse practitioners today, and want to express a heartfelt thank you for meeting the needs of our communities across the spectrum acute, long term care, community and as primary care providers."   

With a spotlight on NPs this week, we have an opportunity to show our hardworking NPs how much we value and appreciate them for the difference they make in the lives of patients, clients, and families, and for the leadership they have demonstrated over the past year. VCH is incredibly proud of and thankful for all our NPs and their dedication to providing exceptional patient care. We invite you to join us in taking a moment to express your gratitude for an NP who has made a positive difference in your life!


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