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Advanced Nursing

The Director of Nursing and senior nursing team support the development of advanced nursing practice across the whole of the Hutt Valley DHB health sector.

Please click the link to download the Advanced Nursing Clinical Governance terms of Reference.

Nurse Prescribing

Definition: prescribing by registered nurses in primary health, speciality teams or in community health from a limited schedule of medicines (NCNZ, 2017).

Links:Nursing Council of New Zealand - Nurse Prescribing

Hutt Valley DHB developed an RN Prescribing Framework, click below to download the revised framework 2019.

Framework for Registered Nurse Prescribing within the Hutt Valley DHB region

Nurse Practitioner

Definition: Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and demonstrated competence and legal authority to practic beyond the level of a registered nurse (NCNZ, 2017).

Links:Nursing Council of New Zealand - Nurse Practitioner

Before applying for Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funding for the Nurse Practitioner paper or the Nurse Prescribing paper please contact Sue Tansley at

Expanded Nursing Practice

Definition:Registered nurses who have developed their expertise and have expanded their practice beyond the established contemporary or ‘traditional’ scope of practice to include new technology, increasingly autonomous roles, management of health consumers with chronic conditions and through activities previously considered within the scope of other health professionals, e.g. colposcopy (NCNZ, 2016).

Links:Nursing Council of New Zealand - Expanded Practice for registered Nurses

For more information about expanded practice for registered nurses please click the link below:

NCNZ - Guideline Expanded Practice for Registered Nurses


To see more information about the training requirements for nurse prescribing and nurse practitioner please click the links below:

- Victoria University of Wellington - Post graduate Nursing brochure

- Massey University - Post graduate Nursing information - please choose Postgraduate from the menu