Obstacles that prevent nurse practitioners in New Zealand fulfilling their roles

  • While there appears to be national recognition for the role, nurse practitioners report being undervalued and under-resourced. Clare Harvey and colleagues report on a study showing the vital contribution they make to improving population health
  • Clare Harvey, Elaine Papps, Jennifer Roberts
  • Primary Health Care, May 2015, RCNi
  • DOI: 10.7748/phc.25.5.24.e935

Nurse Practitioners and primary health care

What is it about?

This paper draws on the results of the New Zealand (NZ) section of a trans-Tasman study exploring the contributions that Nurse Practitioners (NP) make to primary health care (PHC) regardless of the location of their work. The impetus was based upon anecdotal evidence from NPs in both Australia and NZ that identified NPs’ ability to work within a wellness model, regardless of setting. In doing so, they were demonstrating an essential contribution to the health of populations by improving access to care whilst also improving the continuity of that care across acute and community boundaries.

Why is it important?

Alternative modesl of care are important in the current health care environment where chronic and complex care needs to be manages across services and time.

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