The value of registered nurses in collaborative family practice: enhancing primary healthcare in Canada

Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2014 Mar;27(1):32-44. doi: 10.12927/cjnl.2014.23746.


With the current focus on improving efficiencies and quality of care within the Canadian healthcare system, primary healthcare (PHC) is receiving renewed attention. The time is right for highlighting the value that registered nurses (RNs) can bring to collaborative practice in primary care settings. This paper discusses the untapped utilization of RNs in primary care in Canada, arguing for a strong leadership role for nurses and citing examples of RN services that could enhance care and improve population health and cost-effectiveness. Internationally, other countries with strong PHC strategies in place offer potential lessons regarding features that could be adapted in Canada.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Family Practice*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Internationality
  • Leadership*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nurses*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Quality Improvement