Beginning a personalized course of action.

The key to successful long-term care is creating a plan and establishing goals. RNs and RPNs develop personalized care-plans, implement treatments and provide guidance to their patients and residents. They also educate patients and families who are coping with the difficult transition into long term care, while fostering a positive and healthy living environment. The role of the RN/RPN in long term care is critical to ensuring safe, competent, compassionate, and ethical care.

"When someone comes to my facility they need a lot of care – this is 85 years of health history and you need to understand what that person is dealing with and how to create a safe environment for them.”

Brooks, RPN

RNs and RPNs work alongside patients’ families in order to better understand family health history, lifestyle, and acute symptoms. This deep knowledge of a patient enables RPNs to create the best plan for the future.

Research shows that long term care facilities in Saskatchewan with 24/7 RN coverage compared to those without have decreased rates of transfer to ER and inpatient hospital admissions.
"When you know someone is out their fighting for you, when you know that you've got people who will support you and back you, it's amazing how far you can fly.”
Susan Larson, RPN
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A fulfilling and healthy life in long term care.

Psychological conditions are complex, misunderstood and difficult to treat. RPNs use their diverse knowledge to conduct neurological tests in order to pinpoint and understand a patient’s unique condition.

“In long term care, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are widespread, but depression and other mental illnesses are also extremely common. Psychological conditions are often complex, misunderstood and difficult to treat. Registered Psychiatric Nurses have specialized skills and knowledge that enables them to understand their patient or resident’s unique condition.”
Darcy McIntyre, RPN
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RPNs are able to diagnosis patients and make treatment decisions for rapidly changing conditions. This unique skill allows patients to get most of the care they need in one place, which is especially important for elderly or immobile patients.

By 2021, older adults (i.e., those age 65+) will account for almost 18% of our country’s population.
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We’re on this journey together.

When it comes to mental illness, it’s easy to feel alone. But the care and attention received from RPNs can provide warmth and light at the darkest of times. Their presence in long-term care facilities often means better outcomes for patients.

“I'm not afraid to cry with somebody if they're upset and I'm not afraid to console somebody if they're upset. But I have the knowledge behind me to truly be able to help people.”
Tina King, RN
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Overcoming mental illness can take the combined efforts of a whole team of people: nurses, personal aid workers, families, and the patients themselves. Registered nurses work to bring everyone together with one unified goal in mind: recovery. And when it comes time for patients to go home, RPNs help coordinate the care patients need to continue their progress.

Think registered nurses are an essential part of long-term care?

It takes knowledge, compassion and skills to treat patients in long-term care. registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses have this unique combination enabling quicker and more successful recovery.