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What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with special training in the diagnosis of common medical conditions and chronic diseases. The specialty was created to fill a gap between the role of a registered nurse and a family physician. Nurse practitioners do many of the things doctors do, including:

  • Prescribing medications, except for narcotics and benzodiazepines
  • Performing minor invasive procedures, such as suturing minor wounds
  • Conducting examinations and ordering diagnostic tests

Under the terms of College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, nurse practitioners require:

  • A Master's degree in nursing, with a nurse practitioner specialization
  • At least two years of nursing experience before becoming a nurse practitioner

If you would like to learn how you can become a nurse practitioner, please contact the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba at www.crnm.mb.ca or call (204) 774-3477 or (800) 665-2027 (Manitoba toll-free).

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About Wave

Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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