Newtown Medical Centre now has two Nurse Practitioners.
Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled health practitioners who have completed advanced clinical education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing. They have demonstrated competency in providing advanced healthcare within a blended model of medical and nursing science.
Nurse Practitioners are autonomous practitioners and have the legal authority to practice beyond the level of a registered nurse. They work to the same capacity as a General Practitioner and are lead care providers that can manage your medical care. Nurse Practitioners have enrolled patients.
Nurse Practitioners provide care for people with common and complex conditions, run their own general practice clinics. Nurse Practioners can assess, diagnose and prescribe for a range of patients across their lifespan.
What can a nurse practitioner help with?
- Diagnose, treat and monitor your healthcare
- Acute health problems such as infections and injuries
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension
- Obtain health histories and perform physical examinations
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic studies such as laboratory test results and X-rays
- Case manage clients with highly complex chronic conditions, assisting them to access services to keep them in their homes and family environment
- Collaborate with a range of specialists, refer to and accept referrals from other health professionals