What is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse educated and authorised to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role.
Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses that have additional and extensive clinical experience in a specific area and are qualified at Masters level. NPs are able to provide comprehensive patient care in an extended clinical role to ensure the highest level of patient care in our medical system.
What does Nurse Practitioners Do?
The NP role includes the assessment and management of patients using advanced knowledge and skills and may include, but is not limited to, initiation of diagnostic investigations, prescribing of medications and direct referral of patients to other health care professionals.
The NP role is grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative and flexible health care delivery that complements other health care providers.
NPs practice collaboratively as part of the multidisciplinary health care team and provide autonomous, person centred care.
NPs provide care for everyone and all medical conditions including acute and chronic health conditions. NP’s work to provide a complete health service and may also provide services eligible for rebates through the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS).
The Benefits of seeing a Nurse Practitioner
Patients across Australia see a Nurse Practitioner for a wide range of reasons including, acute or chronic injury or illness, health education and specialty health needs.
When you choose to see a NP, you gain access to a full range of health services including assessment, diagnosis and referrals for pathology, x-rays, other radiology, prescriptions for medicines, referrals, and support through education.
Visiting a Nurse Practitioner has been shown to improve patient outcomes, and boosts patient satisfaction due to the longer length of consultations, and the nursing focus on the whole person.
Why do patients see a Nurse Practitioner?
- Access to highly trained professional care
- Improved patient satisfaction
- Improved access to care, including specialist care
- Fast tracking of access to appropriate medical professionals
- Targeted care, predominantly in at-risk and remote communities
- Ability to follow through with care and progress, enabling you to manage your own health more effectively
- Individualised, tailored care, taking the time to fully understand your concerns
- Outreach services including mental health clinics
- Unique services developed based on community needs and gaps in health care
If you’re looking to experience the services of a highly educated nursing professional, then a Nurse Practitioner can help.