Hello. Welcome to NPANS!
Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Nova Scotia
NPANS is a non-profit, volunteer-run, professional organization that supports and advances the professional interests of its membership nurse practitioners, and nurse practitioner students. The goal of NPANS is to enhance the health of Nova Scotians through the advocacy, support and development of the nurse practitioner (NP) role.
Voice of the Nurse Practitioner
Being a part of NPANS is more than just a membership—it’s a real opportunity to make a measurable difference in the strength of your profession and the health of Nova Scotia and beyond. When you join NPANS, you are joining a vibrant, professional community of Nurse Practitioners. NP’s who have chosen to put their passion for improving the health of our nation into practice by supporting each other, our communities and the advancement of the NP role. Register Now
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
- Nurse Practitioners are graduate prepared health care providers who practice autonomously and independently. NPs provide direct care to patients to diagnose and manage disease/illness, prescribe medications, order/interpret laboratory/diagnostic tests, and initiate referrals to specialists. (Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada). In Canada, NPs are licensed by jurisdictional nursing regulators. Grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice, the NP role complements other health care providers and is an invaluable support to health care teams.
- Nurse Practitioners provide a range of health services to individuals of all ages, families, communities and groups with a focus on promoting health and preventing illness. They work collaboratively with other health professionals such as physicians, registered nurses, therapists, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists and others.
- Nurse Practitioners provide care in diverse health care settings, from community clinics and health care centres, to hospitals, medical practices, nursing homes and home care.
- Nurse Practitioners are a recognized solution to improving timely public access to quality health care. NPs complement traditional hospital and physician services and can help alleviate current gaps and waiting times in the health care system, especially in rural and remote communities.” (Canadian Nurse Practitioner Initiative, 2005).
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