Registered nurses working in primary healthcare and specialty health services, who have completed the specified educational requirements are able to apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) to become a Designated Nurse Prescriber (DNP) (NCNZ, 2016). These nurses have additional experience, education and training and are able to prescribe medicines within their area of practice. For the purposes of this document they will be referred to as Registered Nurse (RN) Prescribers.
A SOUTH ISLAND POLICY FOR RN PRESCRIBING
South Island health services support RN prescribing as an addition to the collaborative team, to meet identified population health needs.
A working group with representatives from the five South Island DHBs; PHOs; New Zealand Nurses Organisation; University of Otago; and ARA have worked together to agree a South Island approach to RN Prescribing. Read the policy here.
REGISTERED NURSE PRESCRIBING ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES FRAMEWORK
the framework explains the roles and responsibilities of the RN Prescriber; Nurse Leader/Health Care Team; Mentor and Employer in relation to areas of practice; education for training as an RN Prescriber; registration and audit. See Framework here.
NURSE PRESCRIBING CATEGORIES
There are three different types of nurse prescribing. For an explanation of these and how to check if a nurse is authorised to prescribe see here.
HOW MANY RN PRESCRIBERS ARE THERE IN THE SOUTH ISLAND?
For an overview of South Island RN Prescriber numbers, actual and in training as well as areas where RN Prescriber specialty areas see here.
WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THESE RESOURCES?
Want to know more RN Prescribing? See the list of further resources below:
How do I become a RN Prescriber?
Please discuss this with your nurse leader and check what your Organisation's policy and process is for the RN Prescriber pathway.
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