Nurse practitioners in Alberta have the authority to prescribe a wide range of medications, enhancing their ability to provide comprehensive care. This prescribing power includes most medications, such as antibiotics, antivirals, and medications for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and mental health disorders. NPs can also prescribe controlled substances, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, under specific regulations and guidelines set by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).

At Red Leaf Wellness in Edmonton, our nurse practitioners use their prescribing authority to manage and treat various health conditions effectively. This capability allows for timely adjustments to treatment plans, ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate medications for their needs. For instance, NPs can initiate treatment for acute infections, manage ongoing medication for chronic illnesses, and prescribe hormonal therapies as part of our hormone balancing services.

In addition to medications, NPs can also prescribe medical devices, such as blood glucose monitors, and order necessary diagnostic tests. This comprehensive approach ensures that all aspects of a patient’s treatment and management plan are covered, leading to better health outcomes.

Our nurse practitioners at Red Leaf Wellness work closely with pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to ensure safe and effective medication management. This collaborative approach includes regular reviews of patient medications to prevent interactions and side effects, providing patients with a holistic and integrated healthcare experience. By leveraging their prescribing authority, our NPs are well-equipped to address the diverse health needs of our patients.