Super nurses: a missing piece of Quebec’s health puzzle

Yannick Melançon Laître treats patients with all kinds of medical conditions at his clinic in Berthierville, a small town in the Lanaudière region northeast of Montreal.

His youngest patient is just two months old, and at the other end of the life cycle are a few nonagenarians that he follows, making sure that their blood pressure is under control. In total, he has 650 patients, not counting the walk-ins during the afternoons.

“Every professional in our health network must be used to the maximum of his or her abilities,” he says after a busy morning at his clinic.

Most people would easily mistake the 32-year-old McGill University graduate for a rural family doctor. Except that Melançon Laître isn’t; he’s a specialized nurse practitioner, one of 485 in Quebec — the so-called super nurses.

“Although all my patients are registered with a doctor from the point of view of the…

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