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Fostering Collaborative Relationships with Nurse Practitioners

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario recognizes that our health care system is changing; in order to better meet patient needs, health care has evolved such that delivery of care no longer takes place through exclusive domains of practice but through multidisciplinary teams. The creation of an Extended Class of Registered Nurses (nurse practitioners) is an example of how the roles of health professionals are changing and complementing one another.

We believe that collaborating with nurse practitioners advances the College’s goal of working in partnership with other stakeholders to advocate for quality health care. Part of ensuring that the people of Ontario receive quality health care is improving access to this valuable resource and it is our belief that this partnership will contribute to this objective.

We are committed to fostering a collaborative relationship built on trust and mutual respect with our colleagues in the nursing profession and we look forward to working together in the interests of the people of Ontario.

Approved by Council: May 2003