CFPNA is a volunteer nursing association who provides a national voice for nurses in primary care through leadership, mentorship and 

fostering expertise.

We are Registered Nurses in Primary Care:

Family practice nurses, also known as primary care nurses, are typically Registered Nurses (RNs) who practice within primary care. Primary care represents an entry point for patients into the healthcare system and focuses on the delivery of health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management services. Family practice nurses function as generalists who provide a broad range of health services, including preventative health screening (e.g. PAP examinations, chronic health conditions), health education (e.g. healthy living, chronic disease self-management), healthcare management and program delivery (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), therapeutic interventions (e.g. wound care, immunizations), and coordination of services to specialists and/or community services. Family practice nurses work in partnership with family physicians and other healthcare providers.

Primary Care RN Competencies:

Since its founding, CFPNA committed to develop National  Core Competency Standards of Practice for RNs working in primary care. This important work is formally underway.


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CFPNA National Biennial Conference will be

co-hosted with the 

Nova Scotia Family Practice Nurses Association

"The Tides of Change: Moving Primary Care Nursing Forward"

Date: May 1-2, 2020

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

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