A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality health care to patients. Nurse practitioners who specialize in primary care provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages. They are experienced nurses with additional nursing education which enables them to provide such services as health promotion, disease and injury prevention and support. They work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other inter-professional health care team members such as social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, dieticians and pharmacists to keep you, your family and your community well.

NPs manage most common illnesses and provide preventative care and education for healthy living. Nurse Practitioners can:

  • Diagnose and treat injuries
  • Perform physicals (for all ages)
  • Provide prenatal care
  • Order and interpret many diagnostic tests
  • Write prescriptions and renew many medications
  • Provide counseling and education
  • Provide supportive care through illness
  • Make referrals to other health care practitioners

Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario »
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