Nurse practitioners (NPs) are health care providers who complete graduate level clinical education that allows them to practice autonomously. Nurse practitioners are regulated through the Health Professions Act, and our regulatory college, the British Columbia College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM).
Grounded in nursing, we offer a unique perspective and skill set. The nursing lens focuses on patient centered care, shared decision making, health promotion and illness/disease prevention. NP practice does not require physician supervision. With advanced education in medical sciences, NPs provide comprehensive, personalized, evidenced-based healthcare.
A nurse practitioner can:
We offer a wide range of services to our patients including: transcare, IUD and Nexplanon insertion, minor procedures, routine PAP screening, OAT for attached patients, PrEP, myoactivation, options for family planning and more.
Having a consistent primary care provider, who knows you well, is known to result in better health outcomes for patients. Here at Nexus, we strive to provide “Team Based Care” which means you may see other team members at times to ensure you get timely access to care.
No, we are not a walk in clinic.
Generally we do not limit the number of issues per visit. If you have several concerns, these will be prioritized with your provider and an ongoing care plan will be established. In order to serve our large volume of patients, you may be asked to schedule additional visits if all your concerns cannot be addressed in the scheduled visit time.
The Ministry of Health has been working hard to establish new or enhanced primary care clinics all over the province. The community of Nanaimo has been highlighted as an area with a large population of people unattached to a primary care provider, as such provision of care is limited to our catchment area. Please visit the Health Connect Registry to see other health care services available in your area.