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Advanced practice and nurse practitioner series

The Advanced Practice and Nurse Practitioner Information and Support Series welcomes all nurses interested in knowing more about topics related to advanced nursing practice and the Nurse Practitioner (NP) scope of practice.

The topics have relevance across the health care sector and interest nurses working in a range of roles and settings. Therefore people not involved in Nurse Practitioner development also come along.

Each month on the last Tuesday of the month, we gather to hear presenters and to discuss a range of topics that support nurses to understand the process of becoming a Nurse Practitioner and what this level of advanced practice means.


For more information and to receive regular invitations to the NP Information and Support Series, contact Helen Costello.

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Helen Costello
Associate Director of Nursing - Practice Development
DDI: 04 806 0513


Nurse practitioner candidacy programme

The current NP Candidacy Programme successfully prepares candidates for the NP application process managed by the Nursing Council of NZ. Key to the RN transition to the NP scope of practice is the advancing clinical practice and practice leadership.

Nurse practitioner candidacy programme process

Nurse practitioner resources

Nurse practitioner fellowship

This fellowship is to support nurses registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand to complete and approved clinical master;s degree programme for the nurse practitioner scope of practice in the field of cardiovascular disease. It is required that the applicant has an undergraduate degree in a health science/health discipline and at least 4 years experience in an area of practice. 

More information about eligibility and guidelines here

2020 Advanced Practice and NP Series

31 March 2020

Implementation of pharmacist-led medication reviews to address polypharmacy and optimise medications in geriatric population

Presented by:

  • Natasha Nagar, Specialist Pharmacist in Elderly Care, CCDHB

25 February 2020

Constipation - a review of CCDHB's recent guidelines and recommended medications for constipation in hospitalised and community adults

Presented by:

  • Dr Abdullah Alhaidari, Orthogeriatric Consultant, Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Allied Health (ORA), CCDHB

26 November 2019

When, what, how and how much?

A practical session on managing patients that need standard supplements to improve their nutrition

Presented by:

  • Jo Stewart, Dietitian and Professional Leader

29 October 2019

The impact of frailty on prescribing medication

Presented by:

  • Dr Chris Cameron, General Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist
24 September 2019

Verification and Certification of Death: What is happening locally and nationally

Presented by:

  • Gabrielle Dirscoll, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
  • Lesley Maskery, Nurse Practitioner, Psychogeriatric Services

27 August 2019

The route to NP - Combining a Clinical Masters with a Research Masters

Presented by:

  • Blair Bishop, Nurse Practitioner, Addiction Services, MHAIDS

30 July 2019

Sharing the challenges towards a NP position and the gains for clients made along the way with the innovative nurse-lead clinics established

Presented by:

  • Moira Gilmour, Nurse Practitioner

26 March 2019

Legislative change to enable Nurse Practitioners and update from the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer

Presented by:

  • Jane Bodkin, Chief Advisor

26 February 2019

Nurse Practitioner (working in primary care) recently registered from the NP Training Programme

- shares her role development and current practice

Presented by:

  • Lisa Reid, Nurse Practitioner



Last updated 19 March 2020.