Chronic Disease Nurses
Chronic disease nurses work in a primary health care setting with other health-care professionals such as your doctor, nurse practitioner and dietitian. They work as part of team to help you stay healthy and maintain as much independence as possible while living with a chronic disease.
Together you’ll focus on disease prevention as well as the day-to-day management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. With a chronic disease nurse’s support, you will learn about chronic illness and receive support in facing the daily challenges of living with a chronic illness.
Chronic diseases are illnesses that last a long time. They 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.
What can a chronic disease nurse do for me?
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.
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
How do I make an appointment with 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.
|Arborg||204-485-1028||Lake St. Martin||431-253-0255|
(BSJ Primary Care)
|Hollow Water||204-367-5432||St. Laurent||204-739-4456|
|Lac du Bonnet||204-345-1239||Whitemouth||204-348-4620|