31302 – Nurse practitioners

Broad Occupation Category

3 - Health occupations


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

31 – Professional occupations in health

Broad Occupation Category

313 – Nursing and allied health professionals

Broad Occupation Category

3130 – Nursing and allied health professionals

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with additional education, advanced knowledge and nursing experience, and a specialty of practice. They provide a range of health services to patients and deliver preventive and continuous care toward the management of patients’ health. Nurse practitioners work in conjunction with physicians and collaboratively with other nursing colleagues and health-care providers, or they may work independently. They are employed in community health centres, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and rehabilitation centres. Nurse practitioners may specialize in primary healthcare or acute care.

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Example Titles

  • Advanced practice nurse

  • Extended class registered nurse

  • Nurse practitioner

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine patients and take their medical histories and consult with physicians and other medical practitioners to evaluate patients' physical and mental health

  • Order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures

  • Inoculate and vaccinate patients

  • Advise patients and their families on health care including health promotion, disease, illness and accident prevention

  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team such as family physicians, therapists and nutritionists to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families

  • Perform a patient advocacy role

  • Prescribe and administer medications

  • May co-ordinate or manage primary patient care.

Employment Requirements

  • Nurse practitioners usually require a master's degree in nursing; or completion of a nursing program with additional advanced or extended primary health care nursing education; and several years of practice as a registered nurse.

  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for nurse practitioners in all provinces and territories.