Conference 2019 ®Evolution

10-12 April 2019

Marlborough Region
New Zealand

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Ashleigh Battaerd NP Primary Health Care

Ashleigh Battaerd NP Primary Health Care

Ashleigh Battaerd NP Primary Health Care

I work in Primary care and am employed by the Hauraki Primary Health Organisation (PHO) a Kaupapa Maori PHO in the Waikato. I live on the Coromandel Peninsula with my husband and young son on a lifestyle block. I have been an NP for 3 years. My role with Hauraki PHO is diverse with three main responsibilities. The first part of my role sees me working in a rural very low cost access (VLCA) clinic for an organisation called Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and provide clinic based primary care to the enrolled population.  I also provide clinical support/oversite to a Long Terms Condition team called Nga Kaitiaki Manawanui Whai ora. The third part of my role is Nurse Practitioner development. I support the general practices to develop NP roles and nurses undertaking the NP or RN prescribing pathways. I also provide clinical supervision for the prescribing practicums for nurses in our team and have recently supported 2 new RN prescribers.  I am passionate about the development of advanced nursing roles such as NPs and RN prescribers and how these along with new models of care can meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations particularly Maori and Pasifika to achieve wellness and improved health outcomes.


Title: Developing RN prescribers –NPs an integral cog in the wheel

A case study and reflection on following , supporting and supervising RNs to gain RN prescribing status- An example of how it can be done within primary care. Barriers faced and lessons learned. Where do these nurses fit into the delivery of primary care and what is needed to support them. NPs are the best clinician to act as the Designated Authorised Prescribing mentor and I challenge others to step up.


Areas of Interest