About Nurse Practitioners

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse (APN) that is licensed in the classification of Nurse Practitioner by the regulatory college. Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive clinical care including the diagnosis and management of disease/illness, prescribing medications, ordering/interpreting laboratory/diagnostic tests, and initiating referrals to specialists. NP practice does not require physician supervision.

NP's provide care in both primary and acute care settings including rural, remote and urban centers. The NP role was established in British Columbia in 2005, however it has existed for over 50 years in other North American jurisdictions and the United Kingdom. There has been extensive research regarding the contributions of NPs to patient care in a variety of practice settings. Studies from multiple jurisdictions have consistently shown that patients are very satisfied with NP services. A 2003 Ontario study showed that 87% of patients surveyed were very satisfied with the care or advice they received from NPs.

Studies also show that patient outcomes are either the same, or improved, when NPs participate in patient care. Some examples of the positive effects associated with NP involvement include shorter length of hospital stay, improved compliance with clinical practice guidelines, better coordination of patient care, lower rates of clinical complications, lower mortality rates and improved interprofessional team collaboration.

Because of their positive contributions and the ability of NPs to improve access to health services, British Columbia’s introduction of NPs has increased access to care with further room to grow. We look forward to caring for you!

NP Advocacy

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) practice autonomously and collaboratively to provide healthcare services that contribute to the health and well-being of British Columbians. NPs practice in diverse settings, improving access to healthcare by contributing to a system that is responsive to the needs of all in the province.

The NP council of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC is the voice of BC NPs. We represent the unique perspectives and needs of NPs and their practice in the province’s health and social policy system. The NP council works directly with the Ministry of Health to provide expertise in how to integrate the NP perspective and practice into the broader healthcare system in BC to maximize the NP role and improve health outcomes.

We also collaborate with regulators to address barriers to NP practice, and improve healthcare delivery to British Columbians. We support and advance the professional interests of BC NPs by promoting a social, economic, and political climate in which NPs can provide accessible, efficient and effective health care that meets the highest professional standards and scope of practice.

For full Council Mandate, click here.