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.
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.