Many of Saskatchewan’s remote northern communities only have access to a physician a few days a month. In these instances, it’s up to registered nurses and the health care team on the ground to ensure patients are getting the care they need when they need it.


Rural and remote communities face unique challenges. They have lower life expectancy and higher overall mortality rates, driven by cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, injuries and suicides. Young boys and girls under the age of 20 living in remote areas have the highest risk of dying from suicide. Boys are more than four times, and girls almost seven times as likely to die by suicide than their urban counterparts.


Access to primary health care services, chronic disease management, diagnostic imaging, homecare to allow the elderly to age in their communities longer, mental health services, specialists, and even transport to urban centers to receive care are ongoing challenges.

Pinehouse Lake Saskatchewan Sunset | Dre Erwin | Pinehouse Photography Club | Healthcare

Registered Nurses RN (AAP)

A physician is only available a few days a month in several of Saskatchewan's isolated northern villages. In these situations, registered nurses and the local health care team are responsible for ensuring that patients receive the care they require when they require it.

Registered Nursing Dre Erwin nurse Pinehouse Lake Saskatchewan

Filmed in Pinehouse Lake Saskatchewan, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), and Wavelength Entertainment, Erwin was featured in a documentary and commercial called "On the Frontline of Rural and Remote Healthcare" about nursing in northern Saskatchewan.