Nursing Support Services

NSS is delivered by Island Health and is available to children and youth in B.C. from birth to 19 years old who require specialized nursing services.

Description of Service:

  • Assist parents and caregivers with children who have special health care needs.
  • Facilitate safe, consistent care and appropriate health supports.
  • Training and ongoing monitoring of school staff to provide special aspects of a child’s care, such as gastrostomy tube meals, blood glucose monitoring, clean intermittent catheterization and oral suctioning.

Referral Procedure:

When NSS Coordinators receive referrals, they complete a nursing assessment. If the child is eligible for NSS, the Coordinator works with the child, family and other involved care providers to develop a plan to determine the most appropriate way to provide the nursing care.