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Chronic Disease Nurses

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Chronic disease nurses work in a primary health care setting with other health-care professionals. They work with a team of health care providers such as your doctor, nurse practitioner and dietitian to help you stay healthy and maintain as much independence as possible while living with your disease. 

Chronic disease nurses focus on the prevention as well as the day-to-day management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. They strive to help people learn about their disease and support them as they face the daily challenges of living with a chronic illness.

Chronic diseases are illnesses that last a long time. Chronic diseases do not go away on their own, and are rarely cured. Prevention, early detection, and management of chronic disease is key to a healthier life. A chronic disease nurse can help you learn to live a healthy life with your chronic illness.

In the Interlake-Eastern region, the main conditions that chronic disease nurses deal with are:
Diabetes- type 1, 2, and gestational
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
Heart conditions (heart attack recovery and congestive heart failure)
Poor circulation (arterial vascular screening, arterial brachial index (ABI) testing)
Asthma education 
Stroke and mini-stroke

Chronic disease nurses also offer education in smoking cessation and healthy lifestyles.

Chronic disease nurses provide this information in many ways, including:
Individual sessions for the person living with a chronic disease and their family
Group sessions
Public education and awareness

What can a chronic disease nurse do for you?
1. Advocate for you by consulting with other health care providers.

2. Provide information and education on how to prevent and manage chronic diseases on a daily basis, with as much independence as possible.

3. If possible, they try and match your treatment to your work and lifestyle schedule.

4. Discuss complications and how to avoid them.

5. Provide follow up and support to you and your family.

6. Perform arterial brachial index (ABI) testing to assess your circulation when ordered by your health care provider.

7. Perform spirometry testing to assess your breathing when ordered by your health care provider. 

8. Perform foot exams for patients living with diabetes and discuss foot care principles.

How can I see a chronic disease nurse?

Any Interlake Eastern resident or family member is able to see a chronic disease nurse – no referral needed. All services 
are free of charge.

To contact a chronic disease nurse in your area, please call:
Ashern, Eriksdale, Lundar, St Laurent

HEW 204-268-7702
BSJ Primary Care 204-268-7478

Fisher Branch, Hodgson

Lac Du Bonnet




Pine Falls

Stonewall, Teulon, Arborg, Riverton

Selkirk, Gimli




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