Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are responsible and accountable for the comprehensive assessment of patients/clients/residents, including diagnosing diseases, disorders and conditions. They can start treatment including health care management and therapeutic interventions.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) can start treatment including health care management and therapeutic interventions. They prescribe medications in accordance with set regulatory standards and guidelines.

They give consultations to other health professionals and practise both independently and together with members of the interdisciplinary health care team. This might involve making referrals to physicians and other services.

Nurse practitioners are a new professional in BC and were first regulated in 2005. NPs must have a masters degree from an accredited educational institution which prepares a registered nurse to become a nurse practitioner.

Nurse practitioners are not substitutions for physicians, but the roles complement one another in order to improve patient access to care. In a team of NPs and physicians, the physicians can then focus on more complex diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

More information: https://crnbc.ca/Standards/NPScopePractice/Pages/Default.aspx

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