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Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed a nurse practitioner program and have advanced knowledge and clinical expertise. This additional education gives them the authority to diagnose and prescribe. In New Brunswick, as elsewhere, nurse practitioners work collaboratively with other members of the healthcare system to care for the physical, emotional, and social aspects of their clients’ health needs. Nurse practitioners are also valuable team members of our province’s healthcare system, as they continue helping patients who have complex or chronic illnesses.

Nurse practitioners in New Brunswick are essential collaborators with other health professionals – performing physical assessments on the patient, prescribing medication, and ordering laboratory and diagnostic tests, like lab work, chest x-rays, and other procedures. They collaborate with other physicians or nurse practitioners, and may even perform procedures on patients, depending on their specific healthcare focus. Generally, nurse practitioners are healthcare professionals who treat the whole person. It’s a career ideal for registered nurses who want to want to expand their role and impact on patients.

Recruitment Incentives for Nurse Practitioners

There are recruitment incentives available for nurse practitioners who choose to practice in New Brunswick. See the latest incentives and requirements here.


  • Non-judgmental, professional, and caring
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and in a team
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to make decisions quickly, especially in stressful situations

Nurse practitioners in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Providing comprehensive health assessments
  • Diagnosing health problems
  • Treating and managing acute and chronic illness
  • Ordering and interpreting screening and diagnostic tests
  • Communicating with clients about health assessment findings and diagnoses

The average workweek of a nurse practitioner varies depending on the healthcare setting. You may be working shifts that include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays, or be on call.

Nurse practitioners may work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Community health centres
  • Family practices
  • Clinics
  • NB Health Link program
  • Emergency departments and urgent care centres
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Schools

Licensure and certification: Nurse practitioners must be actively registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) and successfully complete the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam.

Education programs offered in New Brunswick:

There is also student loan forgiveness available for family doctors and nurses.