Launch of Nursing prescribing community programme

22 July 2019

Hon Jenny Salesa with Registered Nurse Irene Harrison.

SouthSeas Healthcare recently hosted a special event where Associate Minister of Health Hon Jenny Salesa launched the nursing prescribing programme in community health. This is a significant achievement for nursing, and particularly for those working in primary care and community settings.

This follows a trial of a workplace-based education programme to prepare registered nurses to prescribe contraceptives and short-term antibiotics for common conditions launched by Counties Manukau Health and Family Planning New Zealand.

Last year, the Government passed new legislation broadening the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners and other health professionals. The decision to roll out an expansion of Registered Nurses prescribing in the community now complements the great work already undertaken by Nurse Practitioners.

Fifty-six experienced nurses took part in the trial, having trained and prepared specifically for the programme.

The managed rollout will involve District Health Boards or other regional or national health provider organisations adopting the Counties Manukau Health Recertification programme, with Council approval.

Registered nurse prescribing in community health supports the New Zealand Health Strategy by enabling registered nurses to fully utilise their skills and training to provide the right care at the earliest opportunity.

More information about the managed rollout of the work-based education programme by regional health provider organisations can be found on the Council website.

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