What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education and advanced skills in the assessment and diagnosis of health conditions, in health maintenance as well as in management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. 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 small towns in Ontario. We work in partnership with physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and pharmacists to keep you and your family well.

Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services through Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to individuals who do not have a primary health care provider.

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics provide:img_0676

  • 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
  • Perform physical check-ups
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests including lab work and diagnostics
  • Write prescriptions
  • Provide counseling and educationimg_0910
  • Provide supportive care through illness
  • Provide treatments and/or procedures
  • Make referrals specialists and other health professionals
  • Integrated care within the community through established partnerships
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For more information about Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics, please refer to this link

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/hco/options/np_led.aspx