Introducing Nurse Practitioner Services
Leeanne (Ngāti Raukawa, Rangitāne, Tūwharetoa, Ngāi Tahu) has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She was working at Vibe youth health as the clinical team leader and clinical nurse specialist when she decided to study at Massey University to become a registered nurse prescriber.
Encouraged by her capability in this area she decided to push herself further and obtain her masters through Victoria University to become a nurse practitioner. During her time as a trainee nurse practitioner, she worked in the Emergency department at Hutt hospital. Leeanne has a passion for youth health and continues to work at Vibe. She is excited to come back into Primary Health care and to work alongside the team at Queen Street Medical.
What Are Nurse Practitioners?
Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled health practitioners who have completed advanced clinical education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing. They have demonstrated competency in providing advanced healthcare within a blended model of medical and nursing science.
Nurse Practitioners are autonomous practitioners and have the legal authority to practice beyond the level of a registered nurse. They work to the same capacity as a General Practitioner and are lead care providers that can manage your medical care. Nurse Practitioners provide care for people with common and complex conditions, run their own general practice clinics, diagnose order and interpret tests, and prescribe treatments and medications for a range of patients across the lifespan.
What Can A Nurse Practitioner Help With?
- Diagnose, treat and monitor your healthcare
- Acute health problems such as infections and injuries
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension
- Obtain health histories and perform physical examinations
- Order, perform and interpret diagnostic studies such as laboratory test results and X-rays
Provide Other Health Services Like:
- Family planning and women’s health services
- Well-Child care, including screening and immunisations
- Health maintenance care for adults, including annual physical checks
- Education and counselling about self-care
- Culturally appropriate and specific for Māori
- Case manage clients with highly complex chronic conditions, assisting them to access services to keep them in their homes and family environment
- Collaborate with a range of specialists, refer to and accept referrals from other health professionals