An average nurse lifts the weight of a giraffe – 18 tonnes – in an eight-hour shift. Manually lifting, transferring or repositioning patients is a daily task for many health professionals. It is also a common source of musculoskeletal injury. The Safe Patient Handling and Mobility program was created to address this problem.
From October 2015 to April 2016, we hosted 1,000 people in 42 meetings to figure out how we can be healthier Nova Scotians. This report summarizes the top themes from those many conversations and the thousands of comments we gathered.
In the Spring of 2016, three Community Health Boards (CHB) in the eastern zone pooled some resources together to create a CHB recruitment and awareness video. The video is designed to increase public awareness of the role of CHBs and to support boards in their recruitment efforts.
“The boundaries are down,” said Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Vice-president, Stewardship and Accountability, and Chief Financial Officer, Allan Horsburgh. He’s referring to the benefits of being one system as compared to nine separate health authorities, a change that allowed the organization to achieve a balanced budget in fiscal 2015-16, a result not experienced in the Nova Scotia health system in the past several decades.
Volunteer Services works in partnership with the Department of Education, the Halifax and Annapolis Valley Regional School Boards to provide 100 hour volunteer opportunities during the school year for students in Grade 11 and 12 in hospitals and health centers throughout the Central Zone.