A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who has completed both advanced university study at a Master’s Degree level and extensive clinical training to expand upon the traditional role of a Registered Nurse. They use extended skills, knowledge and experience in the assessment, planning, implementation, diagnosis and evaluation of care required.
Through their training and expertise Nurse Practitioners are able to autonomously perform advanced physical assessment, order diagnostic tests, interpret the results of these tests, initiate referrals to relevant healthcare providers, and prescribe appropriate medications and other therapies as needed. The expanded role of the Nurse Practitioner is clearly defined by the scope or specialty area in which they practice.
Nurse Practitioners work as key members of the healthcare team and collaborate with other nurses and healthcare professionals including GPs, medical and surgical specialists, physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, social workers, and many others. They work in a variety of locations, both in hospital and community settings.
This innovative role aims to:
- Improve access to treatment
- Provide cost-effective care
- Target at-risk populations
- Provide outreach services in rural and remote communities
- Provide mentorship and clinical expertise to other health professionals.
The Nurse Practitioner title can only be used by a person who has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. For further information please visit the ACNP website.
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