Nurse Practitioners Officially Join Medical Staff

The Island Health Board of Directors recently approved extending privileges to Nurse Practitioners (NPs). Privileges are part of the medical staff appointment process and they allow medical staff to provide care in Island Health facilities, such as hospitals and long-term care homes. Island Health joins other health authorities in formally including Nurse Practitioners as medical staff.

Co-Division Heads, Coleen Heenan and Chaundra Willms were the first NPs to gain privileges within Island Health. The privileging process will continue for more than 70 NPs practicing on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. 

“This is great as it adds another level of quality oversight to the excellent work done by our Nurse Practitioners,” says Coleen.

“Gaining privileges will support NPs to provide care for patients in Island Health facilities which will reduce barriers to care and enable easier transitions between hospitals and community,” says Chaundra.

Nurse Practitioners throughout Island Health and within the Patient Care Networks will begin the appointment process to gain privileges and continue to provide excellent primary and acute care.

Coleen Heenan and Chaundra Willms