Advanced practice nursing - and more specifically the nurse practitioner - has traditionally been practiced in northern parts of Canada. Nurses would take courses to advance their skills or they would learn on-the-job. Recently, legislation has been implemented to allow nurses with advanced education (Masters of Nursing in Advanced Practice) to practice in a nurse practitioner or advanced practice role in settings other than northern communities.
Career opportunities for nurse practitioners
We hire nurse practitioners for our acute and residential sites as well as community health centres. In this role, you'll provide health services from a holistic nursing perspective, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, osteoarthritis and mental health concerns.
Scope of your role
Nurse practitioners are responsible for:
Nurse practitioners are regulated by the College of Registered Nurses of BC.