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, midwives, mental health professionals and pharmacists to keep you, your family and your community well.
What does a Nurse Practitioner do?
A nurse practitioner provides care to patients of all ages with a focus on preventing disease, promoting good health and curing illness. We are part of your Family Health Team. We play an important role in helping you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, and to understand and/or treat your illness. We also work with your community to promote good health and prevent disease. As a member of your Family Health Team, we offer a variety of health care services including the ability to:
- diagnose and treat illness and/or injuries,
- 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, and
- make referrals to family physicians, specialists and other health professionals