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Allied Primary Health Practitioners

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NOC:3124
Occupation:Allied Primary Health Practitioners
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes nurse practitioners, anesthesia assistants, and midwives who provide primary health care and treatment in conjunction with physicians and in collaboration with other health professionals. Nurse practitioners provide a range of health services to patients delivering preventive and continuous care toward the management of patients' health. Nurse practitioners are independent care providers with a broader scope of practice relative to registered nurses.

Anesthesia assistants are specially trained health professionals that participate in the care of the stable surgical patient during general, regional, or conscious sedation anesthesia through medical directives under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. They are employed in hospitals.

Midwives are primary care providers who provide full-course care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, birthing centres or in private practice.

Job duties:
Nurse practitioners perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Examine patients and take their medical histories and consult with physicians and other medical practitioners to evaluate patients' physical and mental health.
  • Order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Inoculate and vaccinate patients.
  • Advise patients and their families on health care including health promotion, disease, illness and accident prevention.
  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team such as family physicians, therapists and nutritionists to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families.
Anesthesia assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Provide technical support to anesthesiologists for complex anesthesia equipment.
  • Provide airway management assistance.
  • Monitor patient's hemodynamic status, blood, fluid, and pharmacological therapy.
  • Perform activities such as administration of anesthetic gases and medications, insertion and management of hemodynamic monitors, and management of anesthesia equipment.
  • Provide physiologic surveillance of the stable patient under general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and for procedural sedation.
Midwives perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Provide primary, full-course, care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period including monitoring the health of mother and baby.
  • Manage labour and spontaneous normal deliveries.
  • Care for, assess and monitor the health of newborns and refer infants to appropriate medical services as required.
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding care for newborns and young infants.
Sample job titles:
  • acute care nurse practitioner
  • anesthesia assistant
  • midwife
  • nurse practitioner
  • nurse-midwife
  • physician assistant
  • primary health care nurse practitioner
  • registered midwife (RM)
Skills:

Compassion, sensitivity, and a desire to help people are important. Maturity and good judgement are essential. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are important. You should be able to inspire confidence and put people at ease, be observant, and notice a client's symptoms and response to treatment. It is important to understand and practice professional ethics.

Job requirements:
  • Nurse practitioners usually require a master's degree in nursing; or completion of a nursing program with additional advanced or extended primary health care nursing education; and several years of practice as a registered nurse.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia.
  • Anesthesia assistants require completion of an anesthesia assistance program or having achieved equivalent clinical/professional experience (over 5 years) working exclusively in anesthesia.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for anesthesia assistants in Nova Scotia.
  • Midwives require completion of an undergraduate university degree program in midwifery or its equivalent and a period of supervised practical training.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for midwives in Nova Scotia.
Other considerations:

Most people in these jobs are self-employed. There is no mobility between these jobs without further training.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Allied Primary Health Practitioners most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 60% of Allied Primary Health Practitioners who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $100,450. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Allied Primary Health Practitioners220Moderate growth15Low
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $29,276
Median: $95,885
Maximum: $108,296
Occupations in Health36,515Strong growth4,385Low
Minimum: $16.38
Median: $25.50
Maximum: $41.00
Minimum: $10,740
Median: $43,853
Maximum: $88,944
Allied Primary Health PractitionersCompared to: Occupations in Health
Percent employed full-time88%77%
Percent self-employed17%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAllied Primary Health PractitionersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern12%x12%$30,581
Northern10%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton12%x13%$32,974
Halifax62%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley4%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAllied Primary Health PractitionersCompared to: All Health
% Employed% Employed
15-248%1%
25-348%15%
35-4416%28%
45-5448%31%
55-6420%20%
65+N/A5%
Median Age4644
GenderAllied Primary Health PractitionersCompared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
Female80%84%
Male20%16%
EducationAllied Primary Health PractitionersCompared to: All Health
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx1.1%$27,581
High school4.0%x6.9%$24,119
Trades certificatexx5.0%$31,728
College certificate or diploma8.0%x39.4%$36,693
University certificate or diplomaxx4.8%$50,769
Bachelor's degree16.0%x27.6%$57,186
University advanced certificate or diploma10.0%x2.3%$61,833
Master's degreexx5.1%$87,808
Doctorate58.0%x0.7%$70,843
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryx$52,9157.2%$83,000
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Anaesthesia Assistant
Right to Title and Practice:This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists
1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 1301
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2
(902) 423-3229
(902) 422-2388
registrar@nscrt.com
Midwife
Right to Title and Practice:This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 1A8
(902) 424-3218
(902) 424-0730
Anne.Jackman@novascotia.ca
Nurse Practitioner
Right to Title and Practice:This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 4005
Halifax, NS B3L 2C2
(800) 565-9744
(902) 491-9510
info@crnns.ca
Useful contacts:
National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies
1440, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, bureau 721
Montreal, QC H3G 1R8
info@nartrb.com
Association of Nova Scotia PeriAnesthesia Nurses
,
sandranewton@eastlink.ca
Nurse Practitioners' Association of Nova Scotia
,
Midwifery Coalition of Nova Scotia
PO Box 33028
Halifax, NS B3L 4T6
midwiferycoalitionNS@gmail.com
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
201-2460 Lancaster Road
Ottawa, ON K1B 4S5
Tel: (800) 267-3422
Fax: (613) 521-4314
csrt@csrt.com
Canadian Nurses Association
50 Driveway
Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
Tel: (613) 237-2133
Fax: (613) 237-3520
info@cna-aiic.ca
Nova Scotia Nurses Union
30 Frazee Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X4
Tel: (800) 469-1474
Fax: (902) 466-6935

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Nurse midwife/nursing midwifery
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares registered nurses to independently deliver babies and treat mothers in the prenatal, delivery, and post-delivery periods. These programs include courses in pre-delivery screening, physician referral, and the care of infants during the delivery and immediate post-delivery phases.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Nursing/registered nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. These programs include courses in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.
See all institutions providing this program+
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Respiratory care therapy/therapist
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to assist in developing respiratory care plans, administer respiratory care procedures, supervise personnel and equipment operation, maintain records, and consult with other health care team members. These programs include courses in the applied basic biomedical sciences; anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory system; clinical medicine; therapeutic procedures; clinical expressions; data collection and record-keeping; patient communication; equipment operation and maintenance; personnel supervision; and procedures for special population groups.
See all institutions providing this program+
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
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