A nurse practitioner (NP) is a primary care provider very similar to a family physician, but practices from a nursing focus and background. NPs have been helping to improve access to primary healthcare for communities all over the province and rest of Canada. Depending you your healthcare needs, NP will work with you individually or in a collaboration with specialists and other physicians as required. If you are interested in applying to be his patient, please consider the following:
NPs practice autonomously and can:
Diagnose disease/illness and provide treatment.
Prescribe and refill medications, including controlled substances such as pain medications and opiate replacement therapy.
Order lab rests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs, and review these results with you.
Refer to specialists such as dermatologists, cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists, orthopaedics, etc…
Perform special procedures such as excisional biopsies ( removal of suspicious lumps or bumps), suturing and would care.
Provide ongoing routine management and check-up for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, etc…
Perform annual complete physicals.
Provide prenatal and postnatal care.
Perform well baby and child examinations and check-ups.
Provide education and work together with individuals, families, and communities to help improve health.