Nursing Leadership, 27(1) March 2014: 32-44.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2014.23746

Leadership Perspective

The Value of Registered Nurses in Collaborative Family Practice: Enhancing Primary Healthcare in Canada     

Vicki Kennedy

Abstract

With the current focus on improving efficiencies and quality of care within the Canadian healthcare system, primary healthcare (PHC) is receiving renewed attention. The time is right for highlighting the value that registered nurses (RNs) can bring to collaborative practice in primary care settings. This paper discusses the untapped utilization of RNs in primary care in Canada, arguing for a strong leadership role for nurses and citing examples of RN services that could enhance care and improve population health and cost-effectiveness. Internationally, other countries with strong PHC strategies in place offer potential lessons regarding features that could be adapted in Canada.

 

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    Comments

    Rob Simpson wrote:

    Posted 2014/10/06 at 11:03 AM EDT

    "There go my people. I must find out where they are going so that I can lead them." While there are undoubtedly valuable contributions that can be realized by incorporating nurses into primary care, why must the profession always try to position itself as "leaders"? I would rather see an argument that nurses would enhance function by becoming members of primary care teams and, moreover, acknowledging that the addition of other professionals (such as physiotherapists) would similarly add benefit. I feel that the nursing profession undermines the value of such ideas by embedding them in self-serving and ultimately self-defeating political statements.

     

    Rob Simpson wrote:

    Posted 2014/10/06 at 11:03 AM EDT

    "There go my people. I must find out where they are going so that I can lead them." While there are undoubtedly valuable contributions that can be realized by incorporating nurses into primary care, why must the profession always try to position itself as "leaders"? I would rather see an argument that nurses would enhance function by becoming members of primary care teams and, moreover, acknowledging that the addition of other professionals (such as physiotherapists) would similarly add benefit. I feel that the nursing profession undermines the value of such ideas by embedding them in self-serving and ultimately self-defeating political statements.

     

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