Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner)

What is an RN(NP)?

An RN(NP) is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education to autonomously provide a broader range of health care than an RN. The designation RN(NP) refers to a registered nurse who holds a certificate of practice in the registered nurse (nurse practitioner) membership class.

This designations shows they have completed advanced education (or demonstrated substantially equivalent education and experience) and passed an approved exam. Only an RN with a certificate of practice in the registered nurse (nurse practitioner) membership class can use the titles nurse practitioner or RN(NP).

What can an RN(NP) do that an RN can’t do?

In addition to the health-care services an RN provides, an RN(NP) can independently:

  • prescribe drugs
  • set of cast a fracture of a bone of dislocation of a joint

RN(NP)s consult and collaborate with other health-care professionals when needed to ensure the overall health-care needs of clients are met. Find more information about scope of practice for RN(NP)s in the related documents at the bottom of this page.

How can I tell if a nurse is an RN or an RN(NP)?

You can use Nurse Check to verify the status of an RN. This online verification system is updated in real time.