What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education and nursing experience.
In Ontario Nurse Practitioners provide a full range of personalized, quality health care services to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings including hospitals and community-based clinics.
The scope of practice for Nurse Practitioner allows them to
- Autonomously diagnose and treat illnesses
- Order and interpret tests
- Prescribe medications (Not narcotics or other controlled substances)
- Perform medical procedures
They work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals such as social workers, midwives, mental health professionals and pharmacists to keep you, your family and your community well.
More information can be found here:
The Nurse Practitioner's Association of Ontario: What is a NP?
Canadian Nurses' Association
How do Nurse Practitioners work?
As health-care professionals Nurse Practitioners treat the whole person, an approach that includes:
- Addressing needs relating to your physical and mental health
- Gathering medical history
- Focusing on how an illness affects your life and your family
- Offering ways for you to lead a healthy life
- Teaching and supporting you to manage chronic illness
They are also educators.
What can they do for you?
A Nurse Practitioner provides many of the same services as your family doctor.
- Routine wellbeing visits and annual physical exams,
- Preventative health screening
- Healthcare when you are sick, for episodic or acute illness
- Chronic disease management