Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with advanced knowledge, skills and competencies. They integrate elements such as diagnosing, ordering and interpreting investigative tests, treating health problems and prescribing drugs into their practice.
CARNA registers nurse practitioners (NPs) in one of three categories, referred to as streams of practice:
NPs registered in the Family/All Ages category provide generalized medical care for all age groups and for a wide variety of medical conditions. Those clients/patients needing specialty care are referred on.
NPs registered in the Adult category care for individuals over the age of 18 in either a generalized adult practice where they see adults with a variety of medical conditions, or adults in a specialty area of practice.
NPs registered in the Child category provide care for individuals under the age of 18 in either a generalized practice where they see children with a variety of medical conditions, or children in a specialty area of practice.
Neonatal NPs are registered within the Child category and have specialized education relevant to neonatology. They are restricted to working with the neonate population only.
Nurse Practitioners are registered in the stream(s) of practice in which they have completed their nurse practitioner academic theory and clinical practice. They are assigned a restricted permit indicating the stream(s) of practice.