Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced knowledge, skills and education enabling them to provide leadership in the areas of health promotion, health management, as well as illness and injury prevention. Nurse practitioners work closely with clients, families and other health professionals to address complex health needs and manage acute and chronic illnesses, within a holistic model of care. They conduct health histories and physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat health problems and consult and refer clients to physicians and other health practitioners. The nurse practitioner are employed in rural communities, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and community agencies.

Skills Required

  • problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • effective verbal and written communication skills
  • organizational skills
  • good judgment and the ability to make decisions quickly, especially in stressful situations
  • patience, understanding and a caring attitude
  • flexibility and enthusiasm
  • the ability to lead and work co-operatively with others
  • general good health

Education/Training Required

Master of Nursing - (MN) Nurse Practitioner (NP)

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University
Memorial University

Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Program Length
6 years