NP Role on PEI Diverse

The role of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in P.E.I. has expanded since the role was pioneered by Sherri McKinnon in Souris, P.E.I who has been a source of stability in health care for the residents of this area.
Also, another two women lead the profession:  Janet Loo, a primary care NP and Donna Kidd, an oncology NP, prior to moving and retiring respectively.  The next NP to be mentored by these women, Melanie McCarthy, continues to work in P.E.I. and has spent the past 7 years working in primary care, long term care, and currently specializes in nephrology which is care of the kidneys.

From here, the NP role has continued to evolve in P.E.I. and an NP Masters program was developed at UPEI where Terri Kean NP is the lead professor.

The NP roles in P.E.I. have grown to include the following areas of practice and specialization:  primary care, oncology, diabetes, geriatrics, long term care, mental health, well women, nephrology, and university professor.

To date, there are presently 29 Nurse Practitioners in P.E.I. and several NP students working to complete their chosen programs.  There are more than 4800 NP’s in Canada.

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