What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality health care to patients. Ontario Nurse Practitioners provide a full range of health care services to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings including hospitals and community based clinics in cities and smaller towns in Ontario. We work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals such as social workers, registered dietitians, physiotherapists, mental health professionals, pharmacists and midwives to keep you, your family and your community well. Nurse Practitioners in Ontario must be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario to practice in the province.

Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services through Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to populations who have difficulty accessing a primary care provider (i.e. unattached patients).  Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics deliver:

  • Comprehensive primary care to patients in the community ensuring continuity of care
  • Holistic care that addresses all needs of each patient
  • Enhanced health promotion
  • Chronic Disease and illness management and prevention
  • Care coordination and navigation of the health care system
  • Integrated care within the community through established partnerships
  • Perform physical check-ups
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Write prescriptions
  • Provide counselling and education
  • Provide supportive care through illness
  • Provide treatments and/or procedures
  • Make referrals to family physicians, specialists and other health professionals

You can learn more about Nurse Practitioners from the Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario.

 


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