2.1.4 Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
- NPs work alongside family physicians in primary care practices or within primary care reform models.
- NPs are main primary care providers in smaller communities.
- See note below map.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Nurse practitioner involvement in primary care is increasing across Canada, with the majority of nurse practitioners working in a primary care practice or primary care reform models with family physicians. In more remote locations, nurse practitioners may work independently; however in some provinces nurse practitioners provide primary care through nurse practitioner-led clinics and acute care clinics, where they are responsible for well-baby care, immunizations, diagnosis and referrals, particularly in smaller communities.
Manitoba (Blue): NP-led Quick Care clinics provide acute care and Mobile Clinics provide well baby care, immunizations, diagnoses and referrals in smaller/underserviced areas.
In Ontario, there are also some NP-led primary care clinics.
For a summary of the key roles of primary care providers by Canadian jurisdiction click here.