“For me, this work has been an absolute passion,” says Lorine Scott.
Lorine is a nurse practitioner (NP) who has served children and families at BC Children’s Hospital and across the community for more than three decades. In December, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) for her years of service and contributions to the development of the nurse practitioner role in British Columbia.
Throughout her career, Lorine held a variety of nursing and manager positions across BC Children’s, including in infectious disease, oncology, ambulatory services and in the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Clinic. She was one of the first-ever NPs trained in B.C., and served as a founding board member of the BC Nurse Practitioner Association (BCNPA) when the new NP role was introduced in B.C.’s health system.
In 2006, Lorine helped create a new outreach program aimed at delivering health services to vulnerable children and families who face barriers to accessing health care services. The Responsive, Intersectoral-Interdisciplinary, Child-Community, Health, Education and Research Initiative, known as RICHER, connects BC Children’s with schools, daycares, public health and social services organizations to offer health care services in the communities families live.
Today, the RICHER initiative is nationally-recognized as an innovative and successful model of health care delivery. Other B.C. health authorities have also expressed interest in adopting this approach within their regions.
Although Lorine retired from BC Children’s in 2016, she continues to serve as an NP to a number of Indigenous communities with the Interior Health Authority. She also remains involved with the BCNPA.