Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses with advanced education and an expanded scope of practice.

To become an NP in Nova Scotia, a registered nurse must complete an approved NP education program, meet the entry-level NP competency requirements, pass the NP examination specific to their focus of practice and fulfill all other CRNNS registration and licensure requirements. NPs establish a collaborative practice relationship with a physician or group of physicians who will be available for consultation about client care.

The nurse practitioner:

  • Has the knowledge and skill to diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness

  • Prescribe medications

  • Order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests

  • Perform procedures

  • Refer to as well as accept client consultations from other healthcare providers.

Health promotion and illness prevention, research, education and policy development are central to the care that NPs provide.