Changes to registered nurse scope of practice
23 September 2016
The Council has amended the registered nurse scope of practice to indicate that some registered nurses can prescribe prescription medicines. It has also added education and training requirements for registered nurses prescribing in primary health and specialty teams as additional prescribed qualifications for registered nurses.
When registered nurses apply to the Council and meet the requirements to prescribe for the first time, a condition/authorisation will be placed in their scope of practice, on their practising certificates and in the public register on the Council’s website to indicate they may prescribe within primary health and specialty teams.
A range of information regarding these changes is now available on our website: