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Widening Scope in Health Care: Nurse Practitioners

by Hilary Clark Tuesday March 11, 2014

As governments pull all the stops to try to keep healthcare costs from rising, Ontario put an emphasis on community-based care and expanding the roles and powers of several health professions. This is one in a series of chats with front line care providers.

Community-based care requires dedication and complex capacities, but it doesn't always require the specialization of a doctor. Nurse practitioner Michelle Acorn knows this first hand, as head of Ontario’s first nurse practitioner-led hospital, Lakeridge Health in Whitby, Ontario. I spoke to her about her work, the evolution of the nurse practitioner’s role in the Ontario health care system and what’s next for NPs as the province continues to realign who delivers what kinds of care in the province.

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