Family Practice Nurses are nurses who work in family practice settings. They work collaboratively with family doctors, nurse practitioners and other members of the family practice team.

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.

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.

What are the benefits of having nurses in family practice?
  • 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
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. The program is ten months in length, taking into consideration that many RNs enrolling into the course will have competing work and personal commitments. The program uses a competency-based methodology to achieve its performance–based certification.

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 FPN. Support must 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.
  • Current BLS-C

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

For more information or if you have any questions about this course, please direct them to the RNPDC by following the link below:

http://www.rnpdc.nshealth.ca/Programs/RNPDC-Programs/default.asp?mn=1.50