The NP INSIDER is a Nurse Practitioner Interest Group (NPIG) regular webinar exclusive to members of the NPIG. This particular event will highlight the unique role of Nurse Practitioners working with Behavioral supports Ontario (BSO) as well as demonstrate how NP’s can refer to BSO and the benefits this will have for their patients.
Many NPs in community practices may not be aware of the unique services provided by Behavioral Supports Ontario (BSO), nor how and when to involve them in the care of patients. BSO provides consultative services to support older adults in Ontario with, or at risk of, responsive behaviours/personal expressions associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions. They also provide support to family care partners and healthcare providers across sectors.
NP’s working with BSO have a unique role They are considered clinical behavioural response specialists (CBRS). However, unlike other CBRS team members, NPs can work in their full scope to provide an even more comprehensive assessment (including full Lab and DI work up) as well as medication reviews and tailored comprehensive interventions. Their knowledge and expertise is well respected and not confined by a medical model of care.
The NP’s with BSO also enhance and encourage the collaboration of services between the BSO team (which includes care of the elderly physicians, psychiatrists, CBRS, psychogeriatric resource consultants (PRC) and family support services) and the community partners providing services for the client and their family.