Despite the fact that nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly important in the Canadian health care landscape, the graduation numbers don’t reflect this.
By Trevor Graumann
Nurse practitioners are becoming an ever more important, yet still largely invisible, development in Canadian medical care. Their advent opens up new dimensions in nursing careers for those who have an interest in expanding their nursing options
The purpose of nurse practitioners is to relieve doctors of some of the more routine aspects of their work, but nurse practitioners have a surprising number of responsibilities and duties. They can treat and even diagnose under the supervision of a doctor. They can prescribe all but narcotic drugs. They can even perform minor surgeries.