In British Columbia, the goal of introducing Family Nurse Practitioners is to improve client health outcomes by increasing accessibility to health care services, expanding clients’ health care options and filling gaps that presently exist in health care delivery. Although the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner includes some activities in common with physicians they are not substitute physicians.
UNBC Family Nurse Practitioner students are prepared to provide primary health care for clients across the age span, with a focus on delivery of primary health care in rural, remote, and Northern settings. Family Nurse Practitioners are health care professionals with advanced Masters level education and skills that prepare them to offer high quality health care services from a broad knowledge base. FNPs practice in a variety of health care settings; they assess health status, order diagnostic tests, diagnose disease and conditions, prescribe medications and treatments and manage diseases, disorders and conditions within a professionally regulated scope of practice. FNPs integrate preventative health care into their practices, including screening and health maintenance and population health services for individuals, families, groups and communities. FNPs are skilled collaborators, and actively collaborate with existing health care professional, service providers, communities, families and clients in order to achieve the best outcomes for the clients and populations they serve.
2019 MScN FNP clinical cohort