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SANP is a non-profit, volunteer-run, professional organization that supports and advances the professional interests of its membership — NPs, NP students, and nurses who have an interest in the NP practice.

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News article: Nurse practitioners fill gaps as family doctor shortage grows

Doctors are not the only ones who can diagnose an illness or write a prescription.

In British Columbia, there are more than 500 active job postings for family doctors and so few GPs are accepting new patients that an online database to find a family doctor has been discontinued.

Doctors are not the only ones who are able to diagnose an illness, write prescriptions or refer a patient to a specialist — nurse practitioners can, too.

Lorine Scott graduated from one of the University of Victoria's first classes of nurse practitioners (NPs) in 2005 and is now executive director of the B.C. Nurse Practitioner Association.

She says utilizing NPs more could help with the doctor shortage by easing some of the pressure on family doctors.  

Click here to read the full article on the CBC 

2018 SANP Election of Officers

Get involved with the SANP! We're recruiting for the 2018-2019 year for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Regional/Specialty Representatives (up to 3 new)
  • Student Representatives (up to 3)

For more information and to submit a nomination, go to the online nomination form.

Register today: 2018 NP Education Conference

2018 NP-conf posterRegister today for the 2018 conference:

Friday, April 20, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Travelodge, 4177 Albert Street South, Regina, SK

Changes this year: The conference will be a day and a half starting Friday morning plus an optional half day of intensive training workshop on Satuday afternoon (low back pain assessment and management).

This conference provides you the opportunity to:

  • Network with colleagues, health care related exhibitors, and representatives from SANP as well as unions, regulatory bodies and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
  • Hear from dynamic speakers
  • Learn up to date recommendations relevant to everyday practice
  • Participate in decision making opportunities for the SANP
  • Celebrate the great work that you and your colleagues are doing in the province!

For more information and to register, please visit the NP Education Conference website.

You can register and pay online on the conference website. Or you can download the registration package from the website on the "Registration & Accommodations" page and mail in your registration with a cheque. 

After the NP conference, there will be an optional half day training workshop:
Low Back Pain Assessment and Management Training Course
Saturday, April 21, 2018
12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
$40 early bird registration by March 9th
or $60 if registered after March 9th
About the course:
The course is intended for primary care providers such as family physicians, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, and chiropractors who provide care for people with low back pain.
The training course allows providers to confidently take the unknown out of managing low back pain patients. Course participants will learn algorithms for recognizing patterns of low back pain, allowing providers to improve patient outcomes and provide appropriate treatment and care for patients with low back pain. Providers will also learn how the Saskatchewan Spine Pathway works, and know when and how to refer to the two Spine Pathway Clinics, located in Regina and Saskatoon.
This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Saskatchewan Chapter for up to 8.25 Mainpro-M1 credits. Reciprocal recognition is available through the Saskatchewan Chiropractic Association.
For more information, go to http://spinepathwaysk.ca/.

Recipient of the 2017 Heather Keith Leadership Award

Shelly Cal

Congratulations to Shelly Cal on being the recipient of the 2017 Heather Keith Leadership Award. 

Shelly has been practicing as an NP in Hudson Bay for 18 years.  Shelly's focus on her clients naturally leads her to empower them to be active in their health care.  She understood a need to motivate those who are difficult to motivate to do so and she was instrumental in starting a long running program in Hudson Bay called "In-To-It".  Shelly is a master at recognizing patterns in her community through her clinic work as an NP.  Then she goes the next step in partnering with other community members and groups to address those needs and to improve opportunities in Hudson Bay.

Shelly's belief is always that the patient comes first and that her patients are part of a broader community that also requires care. 

Please join us on congratulating Shelly Cal!


2017 SANP MLA Reception

A special invitation for Sask NPs!

The SANP will be hosting our 3rd MLA reception to network with MLAs and discuss how NPs can help all residents of Saskatchewan.

Please join us:

Monday, May 15, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saskatchewan Legislative Building 
2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK S4S 0B3
Room 218

All Saskatchewan NPs are invited and there is no cost to attend the event. However, please note that an RSVP is required for this event.

We will be sharing speaking/briefing notes in advance so that we provide a consistent message when speaking to the MLAs.

If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP by Friday, May 5, 2017 using our online RSVP form.

NPs can solve B.C. primary care woes, conference told

The BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) released a report last year entitled "Primary Care Transformation in British Columbia: A New Model to Integrate Nurse Practitioners". Here's an article written by the Canadian Healthcare Network after they interviewed the BCNPA at an annual health policy conference.

Click here to read the article