It’s estimated that most people spend one-third of their lives sleeping, but until recently, the links between sleep and health were not well understood. Recent research has identified relationships between disrupted sleep and increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers, suggesting that sleep has significant effects on health and well-being. There are an estimated 4.1 million shift-workers in Canada, and approximately 1.9 million regularly work shifts between… Read More »Nurses and Shiftwork: Sleep Well to Be Well, by Dr. Carolyn Gotay
Chronic Disease Management
In the recently released report of the National Expert Commission (NEC), nurses were challenged to use their collective knowledge to be a mighty force in ensuring better health, better care and better value in healthcare delivery for all Canadians. The Commission noted that new models of care delivery “should be centred on what individuals and families need, should treat the individual as a whole person…, and should ensure that all… Read More »A Nursing Call to Action: Are we ready to respond?, by Jeanne Besner RN PhD
By Patricia Foster, RN
I have been privileged to work in a nurse led clinic for 17 years. The Comox Valley Nursing Centre began as a demonstration project, highlighting nurses working to the full scope of their practice, in partnership with the community. Chronic illnesses and in particular chronic pain were the primary needs.
Patients and colleagues have taught us much:Read More »Better Health, Better Care: The Role of Nurses in Chronic Disease Management, by Patricia Foster RN