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Nurse Practitioner

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

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

2020 Advanced Practice and NP Series

24 November 2020

Senior Pharmacist sharing Psychopharmacology Knowledge for Prescribing and Practice

Presented by:

  • Brian Almand, Senior Pharmacist, HVDHB Hutt Hospital Pharmacy and Mental Health Pharmacist. 

27 October 2020

Challenging Communication

Presented by:

  • Dr Emma McMenamin, Palliative Care Consultant, Hospital Palliative Care Team, CCDHB

29 September 2020

The Life Events Project and Products

Smart Start (Birth of a child - up to the age of 6 years) | Te Hokinga ā Wairua (End of Life Services) | Death Documents | Whetūrangatia (support for bereaved parents and whānau) | COVID-19 Financial Help Tool


Presented by:

  • Becky Cassam | Manager, Life Events, Service Delivery and Operations \ Kāwai ki te Iwi, Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua

28 July 2020

Pandemic management strategies: ED nurses' perspectives and the reality of COVID-19

Presented by:

  • Jessica Buckley - RN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Wellington Emergency Department

30 June 2020

Completing Death Documents On-line

Presented by:

  • Anne Goodwin, Business Analyst, Ministry of Health
  • Christine Fowler, Manager, Classification & Terminology, Ministry of Health

26 May 2020

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

Presented by:

  • Natasha Nagar, Clinical Pharmacist, HVDHB

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
More information on previous years' Advanced Practice & Nurse Practitioner Series here


Last updated 18 November 2020.