By Sarah Klein
Nurse practitioners in Manitoba can now order MRI diagnostic tests for their patients.
“Nurse practitioners play a key role in our health-care system as they already provide a wide range of services that help increase access to front-line health-care services,” Health Minister Theresa Oswald said on Wednesday. “This change will save patients from making an extra visit to a doctor to confirm the need for or benefit of an MRI, while helping to reduce demands on a physician’s time and making the system more efficient.”
Oswald said the new authority was supported by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba.
More than 100 nurse practitioners work in various health-care facilities across the province.