Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse with graduate nursing preparation and specialized nursing knowledge and expertise enabling them to respond to the health needs of a particular population. In addition to their advanced nursing practice role, NPs perform eight reserved activities including diagnosing illnesses, prescribing medications and diagnostic tests, determining medical treatment plans, using invasive medical techniques or treatments, and providing pregnancy care. NPs work in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

As advanced practice nurses, NPs treat the whole person. They consider the impacts of illness on the person and the family and help to identify strengths and resources that enable optimal conditions for health and healing. NPs are also educators, health advocates and leaders. They act as consultants to the interprofessional team around complex care issues and they are involved in quality improvement and research initiatives to optimize health systems and outcomes.

In Quebec, there are five Nurse Practitioner specialties:

  • Primary Care 
  • Mental Health 
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatric
  • Adult Care

A Glimpse into the Role of a Nurse Practitioner

Our Nurse Practitioner Concentrations

What is the Primary Care NP Concentration?

The aim of the Primary Care Concentration is to prepare the primary health care nurse practitioner for this multifaceted role in community settings. The primary health care nurse practitioner is prepared to provide and/or collaborate in the provision of services designed to deal with the health care needs of patients of all ages and their families in a variety of primary care settings such as Family Medicine Groups (GMF), GMF-U, CLSC, long-term care facilities and patient homes. The focus is the development of expert clinical competence. The ability to function as an educator, consultant, collaborator, and care provider is essential to the development of clinical expertise.

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What is the Mental Health NP Concentration?

The aim of the Mental Health Concentration is to provide a unique opportunity for the development of advanced practice mental health nursing skills. Students will explore areas pertaining to services offered in the first, second and third line to become familiar with several roles, encompassing one of communicator, collaborator, manager, scholar/professional advocate and leader. This will be of importance when caring for individuals experiencing mental and physical distress, with or without addictions across the lifespan.

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What is the Neonatal NP Concentration?

The aim of the Neonatal Concentration is to prepare the neonatal nurse practitioner for this multifaceted role in ambulatory, intermediate, acute and critical care. The neonatal nurse practitioner is prepared to provide and/or collaborate in the provision of services designed to deal with the health care needs of neonates and their families in a variety of settings. The focus is the development of expert clinical competence. The ability to function as an educator, consultant, collaborator, and leader is essential to the development of clinical expertise. These areas are addressed within the curriculum. In Québec, the neonatal NP role corresponds with the title Infirmière praticienne spécialisée en néonatalogie (IPSNN).

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What is the Pediatric NP Concentration?

The aim of the Pediatric Concentration is to prepare the pediatric nurse practitioner for the multifaceted role of nurse practitioner in ambulatory, intermediate, acute and critical care settings. The pediatric nurse practitioner is prepared to provide and/or collaborate in the provision of services designed to deal with the health care needs of children 0 to 18 years that have acute, complex issues requiring secondary and tertiary care provided in the associated settings. The focus is the development of expert clinical competence. The ability to function in a teaching, consultation, liaison, and managerial capacity is essential to the development of clinical expertise.

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What is the Adult Care NP Concentration?

The aim of the Adult Care Concentration is to prepare the adult care nurse practitioner for this multifaceted role in settings where specialized and ultra specialized adult care is provided. These settings include hospitals, specialized outpatient clinics and certain complex services at home. The adult care nurse practitioner works specifically with the adult population (aged 14 and over) with complex acute, chronic or critical care issues. The focus of the program is the development of expert clinical competence and leadership. The ability to function as an educator, consultant, collaborator, and leader are integral parts of the Nurse Practitioner role. These competencies are developed throughout the curriculum. In Québec, the adult care nurse practitioner title is that of Infirmière praticienne spécialisée en soins aux adultes (IPSSA).)

The McGill Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN) Adult Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration is one of three training programs in the province of Québec.
The ISoN is accepting applications for Fall 2021 for nurses with a Bachelor in nursing degree (application deadline April 15th) and for Winter 2022 for nurses with a Master’s in nursing degree (application deadline is May 15th, 2021).

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What Nurse Practitioner Degree Program do I apply to?

McGill's Ingram School of Nursing offers five Nurse Practitioner concentrations: Primary Care, Mental Health, Neonatal, Pediatric and Adult Care.

For Mental Health, Pediatric, and Primary Care Concentrations:

 

For Neonatal Concentration:
*Candidates for the neonatal concentration can apply directly to the Graduate Certificate.

For Adult Care Concentration:

There are two pathways for completing Nurse Practitioner studies at McGill:
1) For candidates entering with a Bachelor of Nursing, the program combines a Master’s of Science degree and a Graduate Diploma.

2) For candidates entering with a Master’s of Nursing, the program combines a Graduate Certificate and a Graduate Diploma.

Approaches to Teaching & Learning

The NP Program involves a combination of teaching & learning methods. These include lectures, seminar-style discussions, clinical instruction and inquiry-based learning. inquiry-based learning is the primary instructional method for the majority of the NP-specific courses. inquiry-based learning is an educational method that is centered on the discussion and the learning that emanates from a clinical case. It is a method that encourages autonomous, active learning and gives students practice in tackling puzzling situations and defining their own gaps in knowledge and understanding within the context of relevant clinical cases. This approach fosters a deeper understanding and retention of the course content.

Funding

Funding is available through the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) for students enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program. You may be eligible for up to $60,000 of funding over the course of your studies. This funding is not competitive; in other words, anyone who is enrolled in an NP program and accepts the terms and conditions of the bursary is eligible.

When you accept our offer of admission, the Ingram School of Nursing confirms your admission to the NP program to the MSSS. In parallel, you need to apply for this funding directly with the MSSS*.

For additional information regarding Ministry funding for NP studies, please visit: https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/document-001038/

*Please keep in mind that it typically takes a few months to receive the first installment.

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