The Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides clinical leadership at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) by performing an initial assessment with each client and establishing a relationship that is patient-focused and patient centred. The NP role is an advanced nursing discipline that enables the NP to order medications, diagnose and offer appropriate treatment, and make referrals to specialists as deemed necessary. The NP can provide complete physical examinations, order laboratory examinations, and request any imaging that is necessary such as x-rays, ultrasound imaging or CT scan. The NP works in collaboration with the Medical Director of the Centre and is responsible to the Clinical Director of Family and Community Medicine.
Nursing provides rich context for a holistic assessment wherein each individual is seen not only in the context of their artistic craft, but within their social, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual environment. One of the gifts of the Nurse Practitioner role is that this comprehensive assessment is performed in an understanding, appreciative environment. The purpose of the initial assessment of each patient is to define their specific needs whether they are physical, mental or emotional. An individualized care plan is mutually agreed upon that best suits each person.
The NP reviews the services offered by all the care providers at the Centre to clarify the available resources and plan the best course of action. The added richness of an interdisciplinary clinic devoted to the needs of performing and creative artists provides context where healing on many levels can be initiated.
The NP at the Centre can treat urgent and ongoing concerns of performing and creative artists related to their individual artistic practice, such as repetitive strain and other injuries, as well as offer health promotion and injury prevention management plans. The interdisciplinary team can offer short term treatment options for both physical and mental health concerns.
The Centre practitioners work as an integrated team of care providers to meet the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the population. The mission of the Centre is to ensure that artists have access to health care so that they can continue in their artistic careers with healthy bodies and healthy minds
Practicing in this unique environment with such gifted individuals requires an appreciation and understanding of the world of the performing and creative artist.
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