UdeM put to work to unclog the Cité de la Santé emergency room

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The UdeM is contributing to unclog the emergency room of the Cité de la Santé

University premises have been set up at lightning speed to receive hundreds of patients diverted from the Cité de la Santé emergency room starting next week in Laval.

Nursing students Annabelle Lemay and Louis David around a mannequin at the simulation center on the Laval campus of the University of Montreal.

For several years, the University of Montreal has been offering nursing students a state-of-the-art campus in its facilities on Île Jésus.

These premises are notably equipped with a simulation center equipped with mannequins with a surprising resemblance to human beings.

However, from Monday, a few hundred real patients will parade there each week to be treated by specialized nurse practitioners (IPS) and clinical nurses under the watchful eye of nursing students.

As Élaine Cardinal, director of nursing care at the CISSS de Laval, explains, two SNPs with a nurse clinician will take care of patients referred either by the emergency department of the Cité de la Santé hospital, […] front-line access counter (GAP), or by our home care teams.

Élaine Cardinal, Director of Nursing at the CISSS de Laval

It must be said that every week, the hospital emergency room in Laval receives 800 to 900 patients, including the hospital. state of health is considered to be of little or no urgency (P4, P5) and who stay there for 6 to 7 hours in the waiting room.

The request is also strong at the first line access counter (GAP) to obtain an appointment with a caregiver.

Stéphanie Guindon will be one of the volunteer SNPs during the first few months.

Stéphanie Guindon, Head of Advanced Practice and skills development at the CISSS de Laval

The primary objective is to see patients elsewhere than in the emergency room and to increase the accessibility of care , she said.

Head of Advanced Practice and Skills Development at the CISSS de Laval, Ms. Guindon says she wants to push the role of SNPs and clinicians to the maximum of their field of practice.

For Sylvie Dubois , dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal, it is a university clinic-school where IPS nurses and clinical nurses will learn to work in tandem.

Sylvie Dubois, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Montreal

This is an inspiring collaboration between the CISSS and the University, says the rector of the University of Montreal, Daniel Jutras.

Initially, the site will be open by appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 300 time slots are planned per week.

During our visit, nursing student Annabelle Lemay was delighted with the opening of this training clinic.

< p class="e-p">It's a plus that it's directly on our campus, where we can go to our classes and then come for an internship in the evening, she says.

Health Minister Christian Dubé and Higher Education Minister Pascale Déry see it as an additional opportunity to attract more young people to a shortage profession.

“If you provide a training environment that is exciting like here, people are sure to come.

—Christian Dubé, Minister of Health

Health Minister Christian Dubé wants to attract more female students to the nursing profession

Mr. Dubé draws a parallel with the new hospitals like the CHUM, the MUHC and even Sainte-Justine, where it is easy to attract nurses to come and work there […] because the environment is extraordinary.< /p>

In Quebec, there are currently around 1,100 specialized nurse practitioners out of a total workforce of 76,000 nurses.

In 2017, the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard launched a program to train 2,000 of them. by 2025.

According to data from the Ministries of Health and Higher Education, the university network has admitted more than 1,200 students to the IPS program over the past five years and the Government of Quebec has awarded them nearly $60 million in scholarships.

The IPS clinic in Laval is the fourth to open its doors since Minister Dubé announced the creation of an emergency crisis unit at the beginning of November.

A first clinic opened its doors two weeks ago in the east of Montreal with 300 beaches schedules per week.

Two other clinics in south-central Montreal will have more modest beginnings with around 100 weekly time slots.

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