The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a self-directed advanced practice nurse prepared at the graduate and post-graduate level, who functions in an expanded nursing role in a collaborative practice model. The NP demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge base in a specialty practice area exhibiting a high degree of clinical competence in caring for select patient groups with acute and specialized healthcare needs. The NP scope of practice incorporates the skills and knowledge from the disciplines of nursing and medicine.
Working in collaboration with a physician or group of physicians, the NP manages, directs and provides comprehensive care for a select patient population in a collaborative interdisciplinary team environment. The NP provides comprehensive patient care using advanced assessment skills and a sound knowledge of clinical therapeutics and provides indirect patient care services to support patient care, promote professional education, and advance knowledge through research and scholarly activities. All duties and responsibilities of the NP conform to professional practice standards and hospital guidelines and are in accordance with a written practice agreement (medical directives) with physician members of the medical staff at London Health Sciences Centre.
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