The main resources are indisputably the registered nurses that are on-call 24h24, 7d/7. They must do complete physical evaluations of their patients. They question, examine, evaluate and treat the patients. They are supported by a doctor, also available 24h/24, and also use a therapeutic guide (protocols). In order to learn how to achieve this specific job in a secure manner, the registered nurse needs to receive, beforehand, a complete training. The Training in the Expanded Role allows the registered nurse to learn the evaluation as per the SOAP, to execute new techniques (stitches, Pap test, tonometry, fundus oculi, vaginal touch on the pregnant woman….).
In addition to the medical team, many other service providers work there on a permanent basis:
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 big communities. The role of the doctor is to see the patients that have non urgent problems that could not get resolved by the registered nurse, the urgent cases being transferred immediately. A dentist and a dental hygienist also make regular visits.
- Social worker