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Nurse Practitioners in Northland


Nurse practitioners are expert nurses who work within a specific area of practice incorporating advanced knowledge and skills. They practise both independently and in collaboration with other health care professionals to promote health, prevent disease and to diagnose, assess and manage people’s health needs.

They provide a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, including differential diagnoses, ordering, conducting and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and administrating therapies for the management of potential or actual health needs. They work in partnership with individuals, families, whanau and communities across a range of settings.

Nurse practitioners prescribe medicines within their specific area of practice. Nurse practitioners also demonstrate leadership as consultants, educators, managers and researchers, and actively participate in professional activities, and in local and national policy development.

Nurse Practitioners are Authorised Prescribers

Nurse practitioners are authorised prescribers under the Medicines Amendment Act 2013.

The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2014 allows nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled drugs within their scope of practice for:

  • Up to one month's supply for Class A and B controlled drugs
  • Up to three month's supply for Class C controlled drugs.

(Prior to 1 July 2014 nurse practitioners could prescribe from a set list of drugs, in an emergency, for up to three days).

Non-Prescribing Nurse Practitioners Registered Prior to 1 July 2014

Prior to 1 July 2014, nurse practitioners may have been registered without prescribing. From 1 July 2014, this group of non-prescribing nurse practitioners have a condition in the nurse practitioner scope of practice identifying they are unable to prescribe. The condition reads “must not prescribe as an authorised prescriber (nurse practitioner)”.

Nurse Practitioner Qualifications

To register in the nurse practitioner scope of practice, the following qualifications are required:

  • Registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in the registered nurse scope of practice; and
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a specific area of practice; and
  • The completion of an approved clinical master’s degree programme which includes demonstration of the competencies for advanced practice and prescribing applied within a defined area of practice of the nurse practitioner. The programme must include relevant theory and concurrent practice; or
  • The completion of an equivalent overseas clinically focused master’s degree qualification which meets the requirement specified above; and
  • Passing an assessment by an approved panel against the nurse practitioner competencies.

Continuing Competence Requirements

Every 3 years, prescribing nurse practitioners will be required to provide evidence that they have maintained competence, when they apply for their practising certificate. This evidence includes:

  • Ongoing peer review of their prescribing practice by an authorised prescriber; and
  • A minimum of 40 hours per year of professional development over a 3 year period; and
  • A minimum of 40 days per year of ongoing nursing practice over a 3 year period within their defined area.

Nurse Practitioner Profiles - Te Tai Tokerau, Northland


 
     Adrianne Murray

  • Iwi: Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
  • NP area of practice:
    Primary heath care – Whanau Ora (2005)
  • Employed by:
    Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika
  • Based: Kaitaia/ East Coast of Northland
  Click here to read more about Adrianne

 
 

    Helen Topia

  • Iwi: Ngāti Whatua
  • Iwi connections: Te Rarawa and Whakatohea
  • NP area of practice: High dependency nursing primary health care – Adult and chronic disease management (2006)
  • Employed by: Coast to Coast Health, AUT
  • Based: Northland/ North Shore
  Click here to read more about Helen

 

 

    Rhoena Davis

  • Iwi: Ngati Kahu, Te Rarawa, Ngati Hine and Ngati Manu - Nga Puhi Nui Tonu
  • NP area of Practice: Whanau Ora (2010)
  • Employed by: Whangaroa Health Services Trust
  • Based: Whangaroa
  Click here to read more about Rhoena


 
 

    Kathryn Menary

  • Iwi: European Maori
  • NP area of practice: Primary health care across the lifespan, with prescribing (2011). Adult & chronic disease management. Special interest in diabetes
  • Employed by: Broadway Health Centre
  • Based: Kaikohe
  Click here to read more about Kathryn


 
    Sarah Waldron                                

  • Iwi: Parents are from Yorkshire in the north of England (emigrated to New Zealand in 1954)
  • NP area of practice: Primary Health (2011)
  • Employed by: The Bayview Medical Centre           
  • Based: Paihia
  Click here to read more about Sarah
 
 
 

    Margarita Bartlett

  • Iwi: Maltese
  • NP area of practice: Primary health care across the life span (2012)
  • Employed by: Ki A Ora Ngatiwai
  • Based: Kamo

  Click here to read more about Margarita


 
 

    Josephine Davis

  • Iwi: Nga Puhi
  • Hapu: Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Kopaki
  • NP area of practice: Chronic conditions (adult)
  • Employed by: Manaia Health PHO
  • Based: Whangarei

  Click here to read more about Josephine

 
 

   Catherine Beazley

  • Iwi: Scottish
  • NP area of practice: Primary Health (2013)
  • Employed by: Hauora Hokianga
  • Based: Hokianga

  Click here to read more about Catherine




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