Nurse Practitioner (NP) Diagnostic and Prescriptive Authority:
NPs in Ontario are authorized to order the following diagnostic tests:
- X-rays of the chest, ribs, arm (includes shoulder and elbow), wrist, hand, leg (includes hip and knee), ankle and foot, as well as mammography –– includes specific views (e.g. coned)
- Diagnostic ultrasound of the abdomen, pelvis and breast –– includes specific views (e.g. of a specific organ), techniques (e.g. transvaginal) or indications (e.g. pregnancy) within these anatomical regions
- Electrocardiograms in non-urgent, non-acute circumstances
Due to advanced specialty scope of practice, NP’s in Paediatric Neurosurgery at London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital (LHSC-VH) require medical directives only for additional diagnostic and prescriptive authority which falls outside this jurisdiction, to provide timely and appropriate care as outlined in Appendix 1.