I have to admit, social media is a fun place to ask questions. It is very interesting to hear the questions that come out when you ask for them! I am planning on doing videos to address all questions and will post the answers widely. Chances are, if one person has the question, then many more will also be thinking the same questions in their mind as well. My original question just in case you did not see the social media post was this... "Ask any questions you have about the health care system, concerns, or Nurse Practitioners?"
So what's the question I received this time?
The question I got that I am responding to here, was "Why did you decide to start a private clinic here? ... ( and in Manitoba??)" The story about why I started a private clinic is potentially a very long and convoluted one… However, I make an effort to make it as concise as possible. Inside our healthcare system is much inefficiency and dissatisfaction amongst both patients and healthcare providers. I've been on both sides of this as a patient (myself and my family) and as a healthcare provider!
As a health care provider, I am full time private practice...
Here in Manitoba, we operate a private practice under the clinic name Nurse Practitioner (NP) on Wheels....and have been going strong since 2017. We provide urgent care, full primary care services for all ages, palliative care, care for special needs and many specialty services. We are known for building caring relationships with our patients and for giving 100% of our attention to you when it is your turn for care. This alone has contributed to over 80 % of the patients we come in contact with making the decision to have a Nurse Practitioner from our service as their sole primary care provider. We take pride in providing outstanding care every time we come in contact with a patient and are committed to this.
So why a private clinic?
The reason for a private clinic, was that I could see that so many types of patients literally could NOT get their needs met in our system the way it is set up. There is not enough time in appointments to address concerns and properly reassess medications which is a SYSTEM problem in the way providers are paid. Most providers are not entirely happy with the fee-for-service system either...and patients certainly ARE NOT.
I am a problem solver by nature and decided that moving outside the system was a better way to address the gaps and come up with creative solutions. There are many patient populations with high needs where gaps needed to be filled. Patients with multiple conditions and many prescriptions need more time than the regular system can offer. Patients with chronic pain, opiate use or other substance use conditions require much more time and attention than other patients. Also, patients really want to understand their care and medications these days and the standard health care system is just not set up to cater to the modern day patient who wants more information!
So what now?
If you are a patient and would love to hear more about what we offer as a clinic, be sure to sign up at www.myvirtualNP.com. If you are a nurse practitioner who is interested in becoming independent and being able to finally provide the kind of patient centred care you were always meant to, be sure to get your name in at www.npautonomy.com.
Diane Gudmundson Nurse Practitioner, Entrepreneur in Manitoba, Canada Irrationally Passionate about defending and advocating for the NP role, outstanding care for patients, supporting and promoting NP’s and with Fitness and Nutrition / disease prevention and de-prescribing!
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Diane Gudmundson has been an NP for over 14 years. She has a passion for the value and uniqueness of the NP role in our health care system.