In our first episode of the refreshed Vital Victoria podcast, our host Lucky Budd chats with Sarah Jesshope and Lynn Guengerich about the important role and history of nurse practitioners in our community. With two unique stories on how they came to this profession, they discuss the differences and overlaps between their roles and that of physicians and registered nurses. From assessing and diagnosing patients to prescribing medications and patient education, their practice and designated authorities empower them to play a vital role in their patient’s long-term health journey.
Vital Signs Issue Area
Good physical and mental health improves the quality of individual lives and reduces healthcare costs. The health status of people depends on good health practices and behaviours along with access to healthcare services. In Greater Victoria’s 2021 Vital Signs Report, survey participants gave ‘Health and Wellness’ a B- grade (see pages 20-21). This issue area is also connected to Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages.
Episode 1 Guests
Lynn Guengerich, MS, NP(Peds) | Clinical Director, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Lynn Guengerich is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinic Director of Health Care on Yates, one of BC’s first NP led primary care clinics. Lynn completed her master’s degree and NP training in 1994 and has worked in primary health care in a variety of settings. She has called Victoria home since 2003.
Sarah Jesshope NP(F), MN | Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Jesshope is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Health Care on Yates, one of BC’s first NP led primary care clinics. She completed her master’s degree and NP training in Victoria and has worked in primary health care in a variety of settings, both rural and urban. Sarah is currently on maternity leave but continues to advocate for longitudinal primary care services across the province.
Episode Notes and Resources
- Health Care on Yates: Nurse practitioner-led primary care clinic
- Nurse Practitioners, Canadian Nurses Association
- From Humble Beginnings: How the Smallest of Numbers Can Make the Biggest of Impacts, The History of the BC Nurse Practitioners Association