Post-Master’s degree applicants who wish the Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP).
What is PHCNP?
Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners (PHC NPs) are registered nurses, who are specialists in primary health care, who provide accessible, comprehensive and effective care to clients of all ages. They are experienced nurses with additional nursing education which enables them to provide individuals, families, groups and communities with health services in health promotion, disease and injury prevention, cure, rehabilitation and support.
History of the Field
The Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing (COUPN) established the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC NP) Programme in 1995. A consortium of nine Ontario universities offers the program. Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam Examination: Family/All Ages to qualify as an NP-PHC.
Where do primary health care nurses practitioners work? Where ever there is a need for primary health care services, including:
- Community Health Centres
- Long Term Care
- Palliative Care
- Aboriginal Centres
- Community-based facilities (public health, occupational health, correctional services)
- Ambulatory Care Centres (i.e., urgent/emergency departments, primary care clinics)
- Family Health Teams (FHT)