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They are a registered nurse who has completed both advanced university study at a master's degree level, and extensive clinical training to expand upon the traditional role of a registered nurse.
The nurse practitioner role includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills and may include, but is not limited to, the direct referral of patients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic investigations.
The nurse practitioner title can only be used by a person who has been endorsed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
In Western Australia, a nurse practitioner can only practice in an area designated as a Nurse Practitioner Area by the Western Australian Health Department.
Hall & Prior has been a strong supporter of the valuable role that nurses play in aged care. We are committed to providing every resident at all of our homes with registered nurse care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As we continue to improve the services to our residents, we have built on the registered nurse model of care through investing in the establishment of the Nurse Practitioner Project.
Hall & Prior is a designated area for nurse practitioners. Our nurse practitioner currently works across all our WA aged care homes through a referral based system.
The nurse practitioner is an advance nursing role to support the primary health care being provided by the General Practitioner. The GP will continue to have control of the residents' health management.
If you would like further information about Hall & Prior's Nurse Practitioner, we encourage you to speak with the Director of Nursing at the home of your choice.