Allied Primary Health Practitioners

(NOC 3124)

in All Health

This group includes nurse practitioners, anesthesia assistants, and midwives who provide primary health care and treatment in conjunction with physicians and in collaboration with other health professionals. Nurse practitioners provide a range of health services to patients delivering preventive and continuous care toward the management of patients' health. Nurse practitioners are independent care providers with a broader scope of practice relative to registered nurses. Anesthesia assistants are specially trained health professionals that participate in the care of the stable surgical patient during general, regional, or conscious sedation anesthesia through medical directives under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. They are employed in hospitals. Midwives are primary care providers who provide full-course care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, birthing centres or in private practice.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Allied Primary Health Practitioners most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 60% of Allied Primary Health Practitioners who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $100,450. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$29,276

Minimum

$95,885

Median

$108,296

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes nurse practitioners, anesthesia assistants, and midwives who provide primary health care and treatment in conjunction with physicians and in collaboration with other health professionals. Nurse practitioners provide a range of health services to patients delivering preventive and continuous care toward the management of patients' health. Nurse practitioners are independent care providers with a broader scope of practice relative to registered nurses.

Anesthesia assistants are specially trained health professionals that participate in the care of the stable surgical patient during general, regional, or conscious sedation anesthesia through medical directives under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. They are employed in hospitals.

Midwives are primary care providers who provide full-course care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, birthing centres or in private practice.

Job duties

Nurse practitioners perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine patients and take their medical histories and consult with physicians and other medical practitioners to evaluate patients' physical and mental health.
  • Order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Inoculate and vaccinate patients.
  • Advise patients and their families on health care including health promotion, disease, illness and accident prevention.
  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team such as family physicians, therapists and nutritionists to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families.

Anesthesia assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Provide technical support to anesthesiologists for complex anesthesia equipment.
  • Provide airway management assistance.
  • Monitor patient's hemodynamic status, blood, fluid, and pharmacological therapy.
  • Perform activities such as administration of anesthetic gases and medications, insertion and management of hemodynamic monitors, and management of anesthesia equipment.
  • Provide physiologic surveillance of the stable patient under general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, and for procedural sedation.

Midwives perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Provide primary, full-course, care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-natal period including monitoring the health of mother and baby.
  • Manage labour and spontaneous normal deliveries.
  • Care for, assess and monitor the health of newborns and refer infants to appropriate medical services as required.
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding care for newborns and young infants.

Sample job titles

  • acute care nurse practitioner
  • anesthesia assistant
  • midwife
  • nurse practitioner
  • nurse-midwife
  • physician assistant
  • primary health care nurse practitioner
  • registered midwife (RM)

Skills

Compassion, sensitivity, and a desire to help people are important. Maturity and good judgement are essential. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are important. You should be able to inspire confidence and put people at ease, be observant, and notice a client's symptoms and response to treatment. It is important to understand and practice professional ethics.

Job requirements

  • Nurse practitioners usually require a master's degree in nursing; or completion of a nursing program with additional advanced or extended primary health care nursing education; and several years of practice as a registered nurse.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for nurse practitioners in Nova Scotia.
  • Anesthesia assistants require completion of an anesthesia assistance program or having achieved equivalent clinical/professional experience (over 5 years) working exclusively in anesthesia.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for anesthesia assistants in Nova Scotia.
  • Midwives require completion of an undergraduate university degree program in midwifery or its equivalent and a period of supervised practical training.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for midwives in Nova Scotia.

Other considerations

Most people in these jobs are self-employed. There is no mobility between these jobs without further training.

By the numbers

Quick look

220

employed in 2016

88.0%

employed full-time

4.5%

self employed

80.0%
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20%
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45.7

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

62.0%

Halifax

12.0%

Southern

12.0%

Cape Breton

10.0%

Northern

4.0%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

82.2%

Health Care and Social Assistance

8.9%

Public Administration

4.4%

Management, Admin & Other Support

4.4%

Other Services

What is the age of Employment?

48.0%

45-54

20.0%

55-64

16.0%

35-44

8.0%

25-34

8.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

58.0%

Doctorate

N/A
16.0%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
10.0%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A
8.0%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
4.0%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Nurse midwife/nursing midwifery

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares registered nurses to independently deliver babies and treat mothers in the prenatal, delivery, and post-delivery periods. These programs include courses in pre-delivery screening, physician referral, and the care of infants during the delivery and immediate post-delivery phases.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Nursing/registered nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. These programs include courses in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Respiratory care therapy/therapist

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to assist in developing respiratory care plans, administer respiratory care procedures, supervise personnel and equipment operation, maintain records, and consult with other health care team members. These programs include courses in the applied basic biomedical sciences; anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory system; clinical medicine; therapeutic procedures; clinical expressions; data collection and record-keeping; patient communication; equipment operation and maintenance; personnel supervision; and procedures for special population groups.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Anaesthesia Assistant

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Respiratory Therapists
1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 1301
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2
(902) 423-3229
(902) 422-2388
Midwife

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 1A8
(902) 424-3218
(902) 424-0730
Nurse Practitioner

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 4005
Halifax, NS B3L 2C2
(800) 565-9744
(902) 491-9510

Contacts

National Alliance of Respiratory Therapy Regulatory Bodies
1440, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, bureau 721
Montreal, QC H3G 1R8
Association of Nova Scotia PeriAnesthesia Nurses
,
Nurse Practitioners' Association of Nova Scotia
,
Midwifery Coalition of Nova Scotia
PO Box 33028
Halifax, NS B3L 4T6
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
201-2460 Lancaster Road
Ottawa, ON K1B 4S5
Tel: (800) 267-3422
Fax: (613) 521-4314
Canadian Nurses Association
50 Driveway
Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
Tel: (613) 237-2133
Fax: (613) 237-3520
Nova Scotia Nurses Union
30 Frazee Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X4
Tel: (800) 469-1474
Fax: (902) 466-6935

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