Québec to add 500 front-line nurses by 2018

Have power to prescribe drugs, perform tests. Jamie McCallum, Montréal Gazette, July 15, 2010 The Québec government will spend $117 million to add 500 front-line nurses to the health-care system by 2018, the Ministry of Health and Social Services announced yesterday. Unlike regular nurses, a frontline nurse must have completed a Master's degree after acquiring at least two years of experience in the field. In addition, they are authorized to prescribe medication, perform diagnostic tests, and provide prenatal care for the first 32 weeks of a pregnancy. Regular nurses are not authorized to do any of these. ... Québec