NPANS is a non-profit, volunteer-run, professional organization that supports and advances the sprofessional interests of its membership nurse practitioners, and nurse practitioner students. The goal of NPANS is to enhance the health of Nova Scotians through the advocacy, support and development of the nurse practitioner (NP) role.
Additionally, we support NP education by sponsoring educational opportunities pertinent to all streams of NP practice in Nova Scotia.
NPANS provides a voice to promote and support the NP role.
The nurse practitioner role incorporates the advanced knowledge and preparation needed to diagnose and treat illnesses with the values and skills of nursing. Nurse practitioners focus on health promotion and treating the whole patient physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
What is a nurse practitioner?
An NP is a registered nurse (RN) with additional education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of illnesses and injuries, including prescribing drugs. Grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice, the NP role complements other health care providers and is seen as an invaluable support to health care teams.
NPs provide a range of health services to individuals of all ages, families, communities and groups with a focus on promoting health and preventing illness. They work collaboratively with other health professionals such as family physicians, registered nurses, therapists, nutritionists, social workers and pharmacists.
NPs provide care in diverse health care settings, from community clinics and health care centres, to hospitals, medical practices, nursing homes and home care. They are able to diagnose and treat common illnesses and prescribe medications within specific standards and conditions as outlined in their respective provincial and territorial legislation.
NPs are recognized as a solution to improving timely public access to quality health care. Nurse practitioners complement traditional hospital and physician services and can help alleviate current gaps and waiting times in the health care system, especially in rural and remote communities.” (Canadian Nurse Practitioner Initiative, 2005).