1. What types of services are provided by a Nurse Practitioner?

    Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services through Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to populations who have difficulty accessing a primary care provider (i.e. unattached patients). Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics deliver:

    • Comprehensive primary care to patients in the community ensuring continuity of care;
    • Holistic care that addresses all needs of each patient;
    • Enhanced health promotion;
    • Chronic Disease and illness management and prevention;
    • Care coordination and navigation of the health care system; and
    • Integrated care within the community through established partnerships.
  2. How is a Nurse Practitioner different than a regular 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.

  3. 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.

  4. What is the philosophy of care of a nurse practitioner?

    It is the philosophy of nurse practitioners to provide individualized care that focuses on wellness and healthful lifestyle choices. Nurse practitioners, on the whole, spend more time with patients at appointments than do MDs, and are more likely to offer patient education and counseling.

  5. How are Nurse Practitioners paid?

    Nurse Practitioners working at the clinic are paid a salary and do not work on a fee-for-service basis. Patients are registered to the clinic and not an individual health care provider. Referrals to medical specialists are made as needed.