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What are the benefits of having an FPN?

  • Improved and more timely access to primary care

  • Physicians receive support with complex and time-consuming patients

  • Patients and families get more time with a health professional for education, guidance and counselling

  • Enhanced chronic disease management

  • Comprehensive preventive health maintenance screening

  • Support and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours

  • Improved screening, early detection and diagnosis

  • Access to two or more health-care providers with complementary strengths and perspectives

  • Comprehensive health records

  • More health care delivered in a cost-effective manner

  • Improved patient outcomes, which decreases costs to the health system in the future

  • Potentially reduced emergency department visits and hospital admissions

  • High career satisfaction for nurses due to greater independence, quality of team interactions and ability to achieve work-life balance

What do FPNs do?

  • Help manage health issues such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, high blood pressure, smoking,cholesterol and heart disease.

  • Provide well-baby visits and prenatal care.

  • Review and update medications.

  • Perform pap tests and yearly exams.

  • Provide teaching and support for healthy living. Topics could include healthy eating, physical activity, mental health, and sexual health.

  • Review and promote health screening.

  • Provide immunizations, injections, wound care, and more.

Is there an FPN course?

The Family Practice Nursing Education Program (FPNEP) is designed to prepare registered nurses to work in primary health care settings. This performance-based certification program supports registered nurses to advance their clinical judgment, critical thinking, and clinical leadership in family practice.

Requirements for the FPNEP Program:

  • An active-practicing RN license with the CRNNS.

  • Support by an employer to attain the competencies to practice to optimal scope as a RN in family practice include access to a primary care site to complete clinical experience.

  • Access/training in electronic medical records (EMR) if used in current practice setting.

  • Current Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required prior to clinical.

  • Current Immunization may be required prior to clinical.

  • Registered nurses in any of RNPDC programs which have clinical components require active BLS(c) for HCP. The course can be readily obtained from St. John Ambulance or Heart and Stroke of Nova Scotia. RNPDC requires a copy of your active card on file.

The FPNEP Program is provide by the RNPDC (Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre).

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