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Oct1TueProgram provides primary health-care services to vulnerable people in Maple Ridge, B.C. October 1, 2013
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The Salvation Army Caring Place in Maple Ridge, B.C., hosted a grand opening ceremony in June to celebrate its new nurse practitioner program. The program is a partnership with the local Fraser Health Authority.
The nurse practitioner, who sees patients during the afternoons, provides primary health-care services to individuals who access the various programs and services offered by the Caring Place. Nurse practitioners are licensed to diagnose and provide health-care management within their scope of practice, which includes ordering investigations such as lab work, ultrasounds or X-rays; prescribing medication; and consulting or referring patients to other physicians or specialists.
The Caring Place has been working with local registered nurses once a week for the past nine years, and the nurse practitioner program continues its commitment to provide health care to the most vulnerable in the community.