We’re proud to celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week

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What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner or “NP” is a registered nurse with advanced training and education

Nurse practitioners:

  • Diagnose, treat and prevent illness
  • Order tests and interpret the results
  • Prescribe medication
  • Perform medical procedures
  • Participate in research and health promotion

Nurse Practitioners work throughout Sunnybrook:

  • Acute Pain Service
  • Endocrinology
  • Holland Orthpaedic and Arthritic Centre
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery/TECC
  • Odette Cancer Centre
  • Schulich Heart Centre
  • Senior Friendly Care
  • Women & Babies Program

There are 50 Nurse Practitioners at Sunnybrook

Nurse Practitioners work with your entire health care team at the hospital, including doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. Nurse Practitioners focus not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, they also integrate health promotion, disease prevention, counselling and patient education to ensure patients understand all aspects of their health.

Provincial facts:

There are roughly 3000 Nurse Practitioners in Ontario today.

NPs work in hospitals like Sunnybrook, as well as other settings such as community care, long-term care, and NP-led clinics.

We’re proud to celebrate Nurse Practitioner Week: November 12-18, 2017