The main resources are indisputably the registered nurses who are on-call 24/7. They must do complete physical assessments of their patients. They question, examine, assess and treat the patients. They are supported by a doctor, also available 24 hours a day, and also use a therapeutic guide (protocols). In order to learn how to achieve this specific job in a secure manner, registered nurses need to receive, beforehand, a complete training. The Expanded Role Training program allows registered nurses to learn assessments via SOAP, to execute new techniques (stitches, Pap test, tonometry, fundus oculi, vaginal touch on pregnant women, etc.).
In addition to the medical team, many other service providers work there on a permanent basis:
- Social worker
Depending on the size of the community, a doctor comes occasionally in the small communities (sometimes 1 week per 2 months) and sometimes resides permanently in the large communities. The role of the doctor is to see the patients who have non-urgent problems that could not be solved by the registered nurse, urgent cases being transferred immediately. A dentist and a dental hygienist also make visits on a regular basis.