What is a family practice nurse?

A family practice nurse works with other health care providers as part of this collaborative family practice team.  Family practice nurses are registered nurses with special training in primary health care.  

A family practice nurse can:

  • 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 your 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.
Adapted from the Family Practice Nurses Association of Nova Scotia