5.3.5 The Role of 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
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
Source: CICH map created using data adapted from Guttmann, A., Gandhi, S., Hanvey, Li, P., Barwick, M., Cohen, E., Glazer, S., Reisman, J. & Brownell, M. (2017). Primary Health Care Services for Children and Youth in Canada: Access, Quality and Structure. In The Health of Canada’s Children and Youth: A CICH Profile. Retrieved from https://cichprofile.ca/module/3/ -accessed July 24, 2017.
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. In some provinces, particularly in smaller communities, 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.