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Nursing Services

Colleen Kenney - Nursing Manager

Jermey Bohlken - Full Time Nurse

Donna Moore - Nursing Manager 2

Nursing

Our team of dedicated nurses care for the people of the Nass Valley, coordinating with our physician team, community health representatives, public health, mental health and home care team to ensure delivery of quality essential healthcare services.

The Goal of Nursing Services:

• Delivering consistent and high-quality nursing care through recruitment and retention of experienced nurses with remote nursing certification
• Providing family-centred care to improve the overall wellness of the community
• Integrating traditional wellness and culturally competent care to improve health status of clients living within each Nisga’a community
• Ensuring the highest standard of care through continuing medical education in the areas of primary care and emergency services

Nursing Services

There are 3 types of care given at the clinics within the valley:

Emergency Care
  • For seriously injured or seriously ill individuals needing immediate care during and after clinic hours.
  • May involve treating the immediate concern and transferring the client to a higher level of care (sometimes with nurse escort).
  • Consulting on call physicians by phone or in person for decisions regarding client care.
  • Examples of emergency care include but are not limited to:  anaphylactic allergic reaction, cardiac/respiratory distress, new or lasting seizure activity, acute trauma, infants in distress, elders with new complications, lacerations requiring suturing.
Urgent Care
  • For illness or injury that needs attention but not immediate care (within 12-24 hours)
  • Often seen during and after clinic hours.
  • Involves treating the concern with less possibility of transfer to a higher care facility.
  • Still involves possible consultation of an on-call physician.
  • Examples of urgent care include but are not limited to: sprains, strains, minor cuts, low-grade fevers, and even flu/cold-like illness depending on associating symptoms.
Non-Urgent Care
  • Individuals seeking treatment for a health concern that if left for hours to days, does not increase the likelihood of a life-threatening outcome.
  • Takes place during clinic hours, often not even requiring an after hour’s phone call.
  • Care includes identification of an issue and assisting the client in a plan to manage the issue or concern.
  • Often does not need but may involve physician consultation depending on the plan for management
  • May involve other members of the healthcare team
  • Examples of non-urgent care include but are not limited to: Cough/cold, muscular discomfort, medication refill, and lab work.

Case Management

Linking individuals with allied health professionals (including home care, mental health team, physiotherapy or occupational therapy and more) as part of a treatment plan, and liaising with the team to ensure the individual’s health is optimized.

Other Benefits/Services

Access to medical equipment including but not limited to ECG, Holter monitoring, vital signs and medications.

Clinic supplies to help meet immediate care needs until a supply can be ordered from pharmacy for the individual.

Lab draw days in clinic on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (hours vary by clinic):

Gingolx 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Laxgalts’ap 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Gitlaxt’aamiks 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

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Our Services

Nisga’a Valley Health Authority (NVHA) is committed to improving the health of our people, our communities, and our Nation. Effective health service delivery is key to improving Nisga’a health. The NVHA prides itself on the highest level of physicians and nurses it recruits to deliver health care services to all peoples resident in the Nass Valley. NVHA medical staff are experts in their respective fields, and they are dedicated to strengthening the health of people within Nisga’a communities.