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Profiling nurse practitioners.

The Nurse Practitioner Facilitation Programme has received a further $300,000 to fund it for another year. The programme works within district health boards (DHBs) to help the sector recognise the potential of NPs, and to assist with employment and support.

Making the announcement last month, Minister of Health David Cunliffe said NPs had proved themselves to be "highly educated and experienced health professionals with the abilities to independently diagnose, prescribe and order laboratory tests. They are using those skills where we need them most--in primary health, rural and mental health, and in the care of the elderly".

There are currently 49 NPs, with many more in the process of qualifying. Twenty-eight are authorised to prescribe and two are registered in two scopes of practice. There are four applications in progress. Of the 78 applications to date, 30 have been declined. In 2001, there was only one NP in New Zealand.

The Minister also launched a 10-minute DVD promoting NPs and their skills. Called Nurse Practitioner: a healthy future, the DVD profiles the work of two NPs: Adrianne Murray working in primary hearth care, Maori health, for the Northland DHB, and Helen Snell who specialises in diabetes at MidCentral DHB.

The DVD is web streamed on the DHBNZ NP website Follow the links to nurse practitioner. Copies can be ordered from the website or borrowed from the NZNO library.

* The Nursing Council is running a training day for nurses wishing to train as NP assessment panel members on November 13. Further information is available from NZNO professional nursing adviser Charlotte Thompson on

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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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