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Posted April 11, 2011

Health Care

Expanding the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Hospitals

Ontario Government Helping to Improve Hospital Wait Time

Ottawa - Nurse Practitioners (NPs) may soon be able to admit and discharge patients from hospital, helping to make the health system more efficient and saving time for patients.

The province is proposing changes to the Public Hospitals Act to give NPs the authority to admit and discharge patients from hospital. Hospitals would have the ability to allow NPs to discharge patients beginning July 1, 2011 and the ability to admit patients in July 1, 2012.

The role of NPs has been expanded in recent years to take full advantage of their high level of training and skills. Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medications, order diagnostic tests and are leading North America’s first Nurse Practitioner -Led Clinics.

This change would make Ontario the first Canadian province to allow NPs to admit and discharge hospital patients. More importantly, this change would help improve the discharge process and help patients get home to their families sooner.

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