Student nurse practitioners are receiving hands-on learning in communities across Ontario – particularly in rural, remote and Northern regions. They gain practice in primary health-care delivery to underserviced communities and, as many often end up working in the regions where they’re placed, they fill an important gap in the province’s health-care system.
The percentage of clinical placements per employment sector reflects employment growth with many students finding placements in community-based primary care organizations, hospitals and long-term care – areas experiencing the largest growth. Placements include Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres, Family Health Teams, Physician’s Offices, remote Nursing Stations, as well as in Health Science Centres, community hospitals and mental health centres.
The practicum is part of the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHCNP) program, an advanced nursing education program, which gives nurse practitioners the ability to perform exams, order tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, write prescriptions, admit and discharge patients and provide referrals. It’s offered through a partnership of nine Ontario universities: Lakehead University, Laurentian University, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, Western University, University of Windsor and York University.
It makes the most efficient use of scarce resources, such as, faculty, course development, curriculum and an online distance education hub.
More than 2,300 nurse practitioner students have graduated since the PHCNP program began in 1995, and up to 200 students graduate each year.
For more information about the program, visit the PHCNP website.