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Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses with advanced education and an expanded scope of practice.

To become an NP in Nova Scotia, a registered nurse must complete an approved NP education program, meet the entry-level NP competency requirements, pass the NP examination specific to their focus of practice and fulfill all other CRNNS registration and licensure requirements. NPs establish a collaborative practice relationship with a physician or group of physicians who will be available for consultation about client care.

In addition to the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses, all NPs must practice in a manner consistent with:

What to Expect from a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia provide healthcare to a broad range of clients in a variety of practice settings such as community clinics, emergency rooms and collaborative emergency centers, hospitals and long term care facilities.  They are fully accountable for the care they provide to their clients, including individuals, families and the communities.

Roles and Responsibilities

The nurse practitioner:

  • Has the knowledge and skill to diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness
  • Prescribe medications
  • Order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Perform procedures
  • Refer to as well as accept client consultations from other healthcare providers.

Health promotion and illness prevention, research, education and policy development are central to the care that NPs provide.

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