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What is a Nurse Practitioner

What is a Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are highly experienced registered nurses who have undertaken additional university study (Masters degree) and extensive clinical training in their field of expertise.

This qualifies them to deliver care beyond the traditional nursing role. NPs are able to:

  • Diagnose and treat patients
  • Make referrals
  • Prescribe medications and
  • Order pathology tests and X-rays.

NPs work as key members of healthcare teams, collaborating with other healthcare professionals including GPs, medical and surgical specialists, other nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, social workers, and many others.

For further information about Nurse Practitioners please visit the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners website http://acnp.org.au/