Who are nurse practitioners?

In Ontario, Registered Nurses in the Extended Class, also known as Nurse Practitioners (NPs), are registered nurses with additional education and experience who are able to order and interpret diagnostic tests, communicate diagnoses, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform specific procedures.

What types of services are provided by a Nurse Practitioner?

NPs practice nursing, the goal of which is to restore, maintain and advance the health of individuals, groups or communities. NPs use a holistic approach, grounded in research. They emphasize health promotion as well as illness/injury prevention and complement rather than replace the care delivered by other health providers. In addition to providing a wide range of health care services to patients, NPs also help patients to access other health and social services that they may require.

NPs work collaboratively with many other health professionals. In particular, they consult with physicians, as required by the needs of their patients.

The Clinic’s NPs work in community settings and provide general primary health care services to people of all ages. For many people, primary health care NPs are their first and most frequent point of contact with the health care system. Examples of the types of health care services provided by primary health care NPs include:

  • Annual physicals;
  • Patient counselling (e.g., mental health, family planning, medication compliance);
  • Health promotion (e.g., smoking cessation);
  • Immunization against disease, screening for diseases;
  • Treatment for short-term acute illnesses (e.g., infections, minor injuries);
  • Monitor patients with stable chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes);
  • Referrals to other health care services (e.g, home care services);
  • Referrals to social services (e.g., housing supports).

How is a Nurse Practitioner different than a Registered Nurse?

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training who are licensed to provide routine and acute medical care. They are able to diagnose health conditions, prescribe medications and order tests.

How is a Nurse Practitioner different than a doctor?

Nurse practitioners work in a variety of health care settings, including clinics, hospitals and in remote rural settings. They typically work collaboratively with doctors and other members of the health care team and can serve as a patient’s primary care provider.

Is the FRNPLC a walk-in clinic?

No. The French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic does not offer walk-in services. You must be a patient of the clinic to access services.

Does the FRNPLC offer appointments after hours?

Yes. The French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic offers extended hours to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday in order to accommodate patients with less flexible schedules.

How do these clinics fit with government priorities for primary health care?

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics are a key component of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Cares new family health-care strategy. Nurse practitioner led clinics are designed to improve access to primary health care and reduce the number of patients without a health-care provider.

How is a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic different from other models of care?

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics provide the same comprehensive family health-care services as other family practice models. The key difference is that nurse practitioner leadership at all levels of the organization (e.g., governance, clinical practice and day to day operations) is embedded into the structure of the organization and patient care. This brings the comprehensive perspective of nurses, especially the focus on wellbeing, health promotion and disease prevention, to the day-to-day delivery of care for patients. In this model, nurse practitioners and registered nurses work to their full scope of practice.

Is the French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic accepting new patients?

The Clinic is currently accepting new patients. If you are a resident of the Sudbury-East area and are in need of a primary care provider, you can register as a patient either online or in person.