Nurse Practioners Play a Huge Role in Health Care in Canada

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Intraprofessional Project: Role Clarity

Nurses are one of the largest portion of health care workers in Canada (Kosier pg. 3). They played a big part in shaping the Canadian health care system and have made a recognized impact on the health of patients, patient’s families, and their communities (Kosier pg. 3). This project is a description of nursing as a Regulated Health Profession which means it is an occupation that requires extensive education and training to gain a body of knowledge and is regulated by the College of Nurses of Ontario (Kosier). Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse that has additional education and nursing experience ( In this paper I will provide information on the roles of the Nurse Practitioner, The education and training required to be a nurse practitioner, the impact nurse practitioners have on our healthcare, and the places of employment for nurse practitioners.

Roles of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with additional education and with more nursing experience (Kosier pg. 31). They play a big role in providing the best health care possible and making health care more accessible because of their wide scope of practice ( Working collaboratively with other health care providers, Nurse Practitioners are able to provide quality care for patients, while performing other additional skills such as, order tests, prescribe medications, and diagnose and manage chronic illnesses. They are health care professionals who treat the patients as a whole by caring for their physical and mental health, gathering their medical history, while focusing on how their illness affects their lives, and educating patients and their families to live a healthy life and t...

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...n.d.). When a health professional is registered with a regulatory college they are accountable for their actions and practice (CNO. n.d.). The purpose of the registration is to protect public rights and ensure that best quality care is provided to the public (CNO. n.d.).

Explain what the “ Standards of Practice” are and their purpose in self-regulation

Standards of practice are practice standards that the regulatory college puts out to support health professionals in providing safe and client-centered care to the public (CNO. 2013). The standards of practice must be followed by all self-regulated professionals that agree to follow the practice standards (CNO. 2013). All self-regulated health care professionals are regulated to follow the practice standards and are held accountable if they do not perform practice according to the these standards (CNO. 2013).

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