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 medications and perform specific procedures.
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.
Primary Health Care NPs
Primary Health Care NPs generally 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:
- Patient counselling (e.g., mental health, family planning)
- Health promotion (e.g., smoking cessation, BP management)
- Immunization against disease, screening for diseases
- Treatment of acute illnesses (e.g., infections, minor injuries)
- Monitor patients with chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, COPD, Hypertension)
- Referrals to other health care services (e.g, home care, social services)
For further information please visit the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario website: npao.org
Jane Carson, Nurse Practitioner
Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital Site
Erin Jarvis, Nurse Practitioner
Diane Gwartz, Nurse Practitioner
Susan Miyata, Nurse Practitioner
Laurel Satov, Nurse Practitioner
How Can You Access the Services of our Nurse Practitioners?
Please call your family doctors office to schedule an appointment with one of our nurse practitioners.
Our Nurse Practitioners also offer a Smoking Cessation Program