Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

May/June 2009

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Filling the gap

Nurse practitioners across Ontario are helping improve access to care despite restrictions on their practice that hold them back from their full potential.

By the time Sudbury resident Dolores Southward learned about Canada’s first nurse practitioner-led clinic opening in her community in 2007, it had been more than a year since she’d had a regular health-care provider. Her doctor moved away in 2006, and she was left to rely on walk-in clinics to renew her prescription for hypertension medication. That meant spending hours in a waiting room, only to get a few minutes with a physician who quickly signed the prescription pad and then moved on to the next patient.