The evolving role of Nurse Practitioners in rural New Zealand

Nurse Practitioners have been registered in New Zealand since 2002 and their impact and influence on healthcare in New Zealand is growing by the year. An article published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners states that since 2002 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in NZ have “demonstrated efficient practice and have produced measureable improved healthcare outcomes”.

“Nurse Practitioners are continuing to develop and are contributing to increased access to health care and improved health outcomes in NZ.”

The article describes a sample of their practices and outcomes across a variety of health care specialties based on two email surveys - one in 2011 and one in 2012.

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