WAHA Nursing Services Department works closely with doctors to provide hands on care for patients. WAHA’s nurses are highly skilled and offer patients a wide range of services. All nurses working within WAHA sites require licensing with the College of Nurse of Ontario to practice.
There are 3 different types of nurses working within WAHA sites:
- Registered Nurses (RNs): Registered Nurses are individuals who are recognized and registered by the College of Nurses of Ontario as aRegistered Nurse. Although all nursing students learn from the same body of nursing knowledge, RNs studyin greater depth over a longer period of timeas compared toRPNs.
- Nurse Practitioners (NP): A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality health care to patients. Ontario nurse practitioners provide a full range of health care services to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings including hospitals and community based clinics.
- Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs): Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) are individuals who have been recognized and registered by the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Practical Nurse.
Some nurses also have specialized experience or training. For example, an Operating Room Nurse is an RN with an extra 16 weeks of training to assist a surgeon in the operating room and provide care for a patient after surgery until the patient is discharged.
WAHA has specialized nurses in the following areas: operating room, dialysis, in-patient or long term care, obstetrics, pre-natal and post-natal care, family medicine, telemedicine, emergency, infectious control, occupational health and safety, staff training and management.
A registered nurse is available to provide care to patients attending each WAHA site 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.