TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is urging the public to join in celebrating the critical work that Nurse Practitioners (NPs) do each and every day.
"Nurse Practitioners Week is being marked in Ontario from November 12 to 18," notes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "ONA is proud to recognize the invaluable work they do, providing high-quality services and primary care to their patients."
Haslam-Stroud says that Nurse Practitioners Week is also a chance to raise awareness of the scope of practice of our RN-extended class front-line care providers.
"ONA has been advocating on behalf of Ontario Nurse Practitioners (NPs) on a number of issues," she said. "We have made progress in standardizing provincial salary grid equity for our highly educated and skilled NPs. We are also making progress in ensuring that Ontario NPs are able to practice to the full extent of their scope without barriers."
In Ontario, Nurse Practitioners work in every sector of health care. With their advanced university education, NPs provide personalized health care to their patients, and work independently and in partnership with physicians, RNs and pharmacists.
"Ontarians are lucky to have dedicated and highly skilled NPs working to care for them in so many settings," said Haslam-Stroud. "Let's celebrate our Nurse Practitioners, this week and every day."
ONA is the union representing 65,000 registered nurses, Nurse Practitioners and health-care professionals, as well as 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses Association