Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have achieved additional competencies required for registration as a nurse practitioner with the College of Registered Nurse of British Columbia (CRNBC). They provide services from a holistic nursing perspective, integrating elements such as diagnosing, prescribing, ordering diagnostic tests and managing common acute conditions and chronic illnesses into their practice. They can meet many primary health care needs commonly performed by physicians; however, the medical conditions that nurse practitioners are able to take responsibility for are less complicated than those treated by a physician.  They were introduced into BC to “improve client health outcomes by increasing accessibility to health care services and filling gaps that presently exist in health care delivery.”

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