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Registered nurse prescribing in diabetes health

Registered nurses are authorised by the Council to prescribe in diabetes health under the Medicines (Designated Prescriber: Registered nurses) Regulation 2016. The previous regulation for registered nurse prescribing in diabetes health has been revoked and the pathway to this prescribing authority was closed in 2017.  

Registered nurses prescribing in diabetes health are designated prescribers with a condition in their scope of practice. The condition states “may only prescribe in diabetes health under supervision of a medical practitioner”. They may prescribe in diabetes health from the medicines list for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams 2016.

The prescription medicines they may prescribe are listed in section 7 under diabetes and in section 5 under cardiovascular: specifically, ACE inhibitors with diuretics, angiotensin II antagonists, calcium channel blockers, diuretics and lipid modifying agents. They may also prescribe vitamins and minerals identified on the medicines list.

RN prescribing in Diabetes Health Recertification Audit Requirements

Every year registered nurses prescribing in diabetes health are required to provide evidence that they have maintained continuing competence, when they apply for their practising certificate.
This evidence includes:
  • Professional Development – a minimum of 20 hours of professional development activities relating to prescribing practice over the past three years
  • Prescribing Practice - a support letter from prescribing supervisor to confirm that the RN prescriber in diabetes health has completed 40 days of prescribing practice every year and maintained prescribing competence.

Please note all recertification evidence needs to be submitted through MyNC. The nurse will receive an email reminder from Council staff six weeks before their recertification evidence is due.