What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality health care to patients. Ontario nurse practitioners provide a full range of health care services to individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings including hospitals and community based clinics in cities and smaller towns inOntario. We work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals such as social workers, midwives, mental health professionals and pharmacists to keep you, your family and your community well.
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The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care released two key studies about Nurse Practitioners in 2004 and 2007.
- IBM-McMaster Report on the Integration of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners into the Province of Ontario (2004) – was a review to determine how best to integrate primary health care NPs into Ontario’s health care system and specifically into various practice settings. (Read the report)
- NP Integration Task Team Report (March 2007) – was commissioned by Minister Smitherman in November 2005 to review, prioritize, implement, or advise on the implementation of the recommendations of “The Integration of Primary Health Care Nure Practitioners into the Province of Ontario” report. Establishing the NP Task Team was a significant marker of the Minister’s commitment to integrating this role into the Ontario health system. NPAO continues to monitor implementation of the report recommendations. (Read the Report)
Although Ontario has doubled the number of NPs from 2006 to 2010 (~2500) there is still a lot of work to ensure access to these providers, especially in rural communities.