What Does a Nurse Practitioner Do?
** Please note: Elise is not a replacement for your primary care provider. She will not be taking on a roster of clients as a primary health care provider
As a Nurse Practitioner Elise provides most primary care services and is available to fill the gap when you are unable to access a Primary Health Care provider. She can provide care for the whole family from new born to seniors and offers many services including:
- Diagnosing illness and disease
- Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests (*Not MRIs and CT scans at this time)
- Managing chronic disease
- Providing referrals to other healthcare providers and specialists
- Providing treatment
- Prescribing all medications
- Provide B12 intra-muscular injections if you are severely deficient
- Iron infusions are indicated for severely anemic pts
- Providing counselling and education
- Health and Wellness Exams: screening for risk factors and referral for preventative screening
- Providing requisitions for massage and orthotics: A brief consult is required to establish necessity
- Giving sick notes for employers: A brief consult is required to establish necessity
- 3rd Party Exams such as Driver's Licence
- Mental health support: Assessment, diagnosis, prescribing medication and brief counselling for depression and anxiety. Referral for more in-depth counselling when indicated
When Should You See a Nurse Practitioner?
What Tests Can They Requisition
What Medication Can a Nurse Practitioner Prescribe?
Vaccines and Nurse Practitioners
Vaccines that are not covered by the province can be prescribed. In addition, vaccines can be administered if the you collect from the pharmacy. For provincially covered vaccines such as tetanus and childhood vaccines patients will need to contact Ottawa Public Health Department.
Elise will not provide vaccine exemptions.
Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner?