Further extension of prescribing to registered nurses working in diabetes health

05 February 2014

Further extension of prescribing to registered nurses working in diabetes health

The Nursing Council will authorise nurses who are part of a Health Workforce New Zealand priority to increase the number of nurses prescribing in diabetes health.  The Council has confirmed that the qualification and training for nurses who wish to apply for prescribing rights under this priority will remain the same as for nurses in the 2011 pilot and the 2012 roll out.  The Gazette notice on RN prescribing can be found here:

Gazette Notice diabetes (PDF, 24 KB)

Information on the authorisation process, the practicuum and supervision can be found here.

Diabetes nurse prescribers are able to prescribe from a specified list of medicines under the supervision of a doctor.  Diabetes nurse prescribers are nurses with expertise in diabetes and who have completed post graduate education in prescribing and a period of supervised practice in prescribing.

The Council is continuing to develop a proposal for broader registered nurse prescribing and nurses who gain authority to prescribe in diabetes health should be aware that in the future a higher qualification (a post graduate diploma) is likely to be required for registered nurse prescribers.

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