Specialized Nurse Practitioners (NPIs) will now be able to treat patients with six chronic conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
The College of Nurses of Quebec (OIIQ) and the College of Physicians have reached an agreement to this effect and made the announcement Monday in a statement.
Under this new regulation, PHIs can begin treatment for six chronic diseases: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, obstructive lung disease and hypothyroidism.
PHIs will work with physicians to monitor treatment with patients.
In the press release, the OIIQ stresses that the contribution of the SPIs will increase access to health care while one in two Quebecers has at least one chronic illness.
The new measures should come into effect on February 1, 2018, but must first be approved by the Quebec government.
At the moment, there are 413 IPS in Quebec. The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to increasing the number of PHIs to 2000 by 2024-2025.
Asked about the subject on the sidelines of an event in Montreal, the Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, spoke of “excellent news for the population”.
“I have not yet seen the agreement that was reached, but I know that I had made demands to the professional orders so that they could find a common point to expand the practice of nurses,” he said. -he declares
“I’m glad to have, say, influenced that decision.”
The professional orders announced another agreement on Monday.
They agreed to allow holders of a diploma of college studies (CED) to benefit from a clause of acquired rights to write collective orders.
The College of Physicians decided to end this practice, which allowed these nurses to initiate collective prescriptions for wound care, contraception and smoking cessation, among others.
In order to “prevent a possible break in services”, the two professional orders have therefore agreed that the nurse technicians can continue to treat patients. The nurses in question will, however, have to take a few hours of training.