Registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) are self-regulated health-care professionals who work autonomously and in collaboration with others to enable individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations to achieve their optimal levels of health. At all stages of life, in situations of health, illness, injury and disability, they deliver direct health-care services, coordinate care and support clients in managing their own health. They contribute to the health-care system through their leadership across a wide range of settings in practice, education, administration, research and policy.
Nurses with positions outside of direct client-centred care support those who provide it while bringing leadership to the health system, collaborative practice, health care planning, and patient safety and promoting system-wide efficiency and effectiveness.
RNs are prepared for safe, ethical, and competent practice at the entry level when they graduate from an approved nursing education program. In New Brunswick (NB) the baccalaureate degree in nursing is the level of education required for entry to the profession. Practicing RNs can choose to pursue additional education at the master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral levels.
Education programs in NB strive to ensure that nursing students achieve the Entry-Level Competencies (ELCs) for the Practice of Registered Nurses in New Brunswick -Effective September 1, 2020. To provide information to potential nursing students, guidance counsellors, admission officers, nursing faculty, disability service providers and the public about the skills and abilities required of nursing students to meet these competencies and successfully progress through a nursing education program NANB has developed a document titled Becoming a Registered Nurse in New Brunswick: Requisite Skills and Abilities.
In New Brunswick, a NP is a registered nurse who has completed a nurse practitioner program and has advanced knowledge and clinical expertise. NPs in New Brunswick are educated to be Primary Heath Care NPs, and work in a variety of settings including but not limited to community health centres, NP-led clinics, private practices, collaborative practices, emergency rooms, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and schools.
NP education programs in NB prepare students to work with clients across the lifespan in accordance with the Entry-level Competencies for Nurse Practitioners.