Of the registered nurses that work for the Highland Primary Care Network (HPCN), most are Chronic Disease Management nurses. These nurses work within the HPCN as part of the Health Management Team (HMT), to provide patients suffering from long term and recurring diseases with the care they need to live their lives less inhibited by the conditions that limit them. Some of the key conditions that nurses within the HPCN help treat include high cholesterol, obesity, and high blood pressure. Nurses work alongside patients to develop care plans that best suit their individual needs, which allow other members of the HMT to be informed as to how to best help the wide variety of patients they see everyday. Registered nurses asses, monitor, and document patient symptoms and reactions to treatments, to insure that the best patient care possible is being administered.
Leah Liske is a registered nurse, a mother, an outdoors enthusiast, and an important part of the HMT. Leah lives on an acreage about five minutes away from Cremona with her husband and daughter. She moved outside of Calgary to raise her daughter away from the, â€œhustle and bustle,â€ of urban life, and finds herself enjoying all that rural Alberta has to offer.Â Â Working for the HPCN allows Leah to experience the flexibility she needs to raise her daughter and balance her career effectively. As a registered nurse in the HPCN, Leah works alongside other health care professionals to provide more comprehensive care for her patients. â€œBeing part of a PCN allows me to work to my full scope of practice because Iâ€™m a part of the HMT, which I think increases my ability to give the best care possible to my patients. Most days are spent seeing patients in the physiciansâ€™ offices, coordinating care, and helping patients to become better self managers of their health.Â However, in between these responsibilities, a lot of my time is spent researching, reading, learning, preparing, and communicating with members of my HMT to improve patient care.â€
An important part of Leahâ€™s role is that she works with patients, instructing them on how they can be healthier, based on their present condition or conditions. Nurses work as health coaches to help their patients reach their optimal physical, emotional, and mental levels of health and well-being. Nurses like Leah work in all of the HPCN clinics, helping to coordinate how the many patients that visit the clinics everyday are cared for. No matter what they are suffering from, Leah and her fellow registered nurses are determined to help every patient become healthier and happier, which comes from working closely with their interdisciplinary team of health care professionals.