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RNs Leading in PHC

Canada’s registered nurses (RNs) are driving the establishment of a primary health care (PHC) approach across our health systems and can play an even greater role. As part of interprofessional collaborative teams, RNs are showing their primary health care leadership in the following ways:

  • Strengthening our publicly funded, not-for-profit health systems to ensure timely and equitable access to quality care for all Canadians when and where it is needed
  • Championing social justice and health equity principles while committing to reduce the prevalence of health disparity
  • Encouraging actions that consider the broader determinants of health to help increase health resources at individual, community and population levels
  • Providing comprehensive, holistic health services while partnering with Canadians to support healthy living and personal health empowerment
  • Leading community-based, culturally safe and appropriate disease prevention and management programs that feature health teaching and self-management
  • Driving health promotion and protection along with tailored disease- and injury-prevention strategies, believing public health and primary care must work together if we are to support health throughout the lifespan
  • Collaborating with Canadians to improve health literacy so people and communities can make better-informed choices about their health
  • Supporting individuals through all health transitions and across the full continuum of care
  • Reinforcing evidence-based practice cultures across care settings
  • Extending nursing resources and expertise deeper into communities to support Canadians where they live, work, learn and play
  • Using portable technology to access health information and teaching tools
  • Advocating for the full implementation of electronic health records to improve people’s safety as well as their experiences and interactions in the health-care system
  • Improving Canadians’ access to care by using information and communication technologies for patient education, coaching, counselling and navigation through various health system services