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New nurse practitioner accepting patients at St. Laurent Health Centre and in Woodlands

Chrissy Rowan recently completed her nurse practitioner master’s degree at Athabasca University and she is now accepting patients at St. Laurent Health Centre. In her previous role as a registered nurse, she worked in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and before that as a licensed practical nurse at Stonewall Hospital.

Rowan went back to school to be a nurse practitioner because she enjoyed her career as a nurse so much she wanted to continue her learning.

“I wanted to exercise my highest capacity as a nurse and as a nurse practitioner I could do that,”’ she says.
Growing up on a farm by Roblin in western Manitoba, Rowan is familiar with small communities where everyone knows and supports one another.

“I wanted to work in rural Manitoba because of the way small communities feel like one big family,” says Rowan who lives on an acreage in Oakbank with her husband, one-year-old son, three cats and a dog.

St. Laurent Health Centre is a designated bilingual health facility in Interlake-Eastern RHA. Rowan completed French up to Grade 12 and has been practicing the language in anticipation of using and it and enhancing her knowledge of French in her new role.

“I’m really looking forward to invigorating my interest in the French language by working in it in St. Laurent,” says Rowan who is also past president of the Canadian Family Practice Nurses Association and the Manitoba Primary Care Nurses Association.

Nurse practitioners provide care in a variety of health-care settings. They diagnose and treat illnesses, order tests, prescribe medications, manage chronic illness, consult specialists on patient’s behalf and educate on disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.

Rowan will be taking patients in St. Laurent on Tuesdays and Thursdays and in Woodlands every other Wednesday. To schedule an appointment with Chrissy Rowan, please phone St. Laurent Health Centre at 204-646-2504. Dr. Sunu Thomas will continue to see patients at St. Laurent Health Centre every Friday.

Interlake-Eastern RHA continues to recruit an additional health care provider to the area.
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