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Registered Nurse Prescribing
Prescribing by registered nurses makes it easier for New Zealanders to get the medicines and health care they need.
There are three levels of prescribing authority for nurses and each level has its own educational requirements:
Nurse practitioners are authorised to prescribe any prescription medicine
- Registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teams – prescribe from a schedule of common medicines for common and long-term
- Registered nurse prescribing in community health - prescribe from a limited schedule of medicines.
You can check on the Register of Nurses to see if a nurse is authorised to prescribe.
All registered nurse prescribers are expected to keep up to date with changes to medicines. Please see PHARMAC