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Purpose and Mission

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an experienced registered nurse with a masters degree education in nursing and the extensive experience to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role. Nurse practitioners are authorised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) in accordance with their scope of practice.

Nurse practitioners are the most senior clinical nurses involved in diagnosing and treating patient illnesses. They work independently, while alongside other doctors and health care professionals, to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patient illnesses.

The title of ‘Nurse Practitioner’ should not be confused with that of general ‘Practice Nurse’ (A practice nurse is a registered or enrolled nurse who works in a general practice setting).

Reports To

Since they work autonomously, depending on the set-up of the organisation where they work, a nurse practitioner may report only to a senior administrator, such as the medical supervisor/director/administrator in an institutional setting or the director/administrator of healthcare operations of the region where an NP is working independently.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Nurse practitioners have little or no supervisory responsibilities unless specified by the role. If any, these will mostly include overseeing some subordinate staff.

Qualifications

Working as a nurse practitioner in Australia requires one to be endorsed as a nurse practitioner by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (NMBA). The application for this endorsement requires candidates to demonstrate:

  • general registration as a registered nurse with no restrictions on practice
  • advanced nursing practice in a clinical leadership role in the area of practice in which they intend to practice as an NP within the past five years
  • competence in accordance with the National Competency Standards for the Nurse Practitioner
  • completion of a masters degree approved by the NMBA.

Responsibilities of A Nurse Practitioner

The nurse practitioner role extends beyond the usual scope of nursing practice. Skills and practices of the nurse practitioner role may include:

  • advanced clinical assessment – applying high-level clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills in providing safe, high-quality care
  • obtaining comprehensive health histories and performing a comprehensive physical assessment in stable, complex and unpredictable situations
  • autonomy in clinical practice with advanced levels of decision-making
  • expert clinical management; implementing and monitoring therapeutic / treatment regimes
  • prescribing medicines; ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests including diagnostic imaging; prescribing pharmacological interventions
  • collaborating with other health professionals to optimise health outcomes
  • coordinating complex case management including those with multiple and/or serious health conditions
  • integrating research that incorporates evidence-based practice
  • participating as a senior member or leader of the inter-professional team, making and accepting referrals as appropriate
  • clinical and professional commitment and leadership

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