Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled autonomous health practitioners who have advanced education, clinical training and demonstrated competency. They have the legal authority to practice beyond the level of a registered nurse.

Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners combine their advanced nursing knowledge and skills with diagnostic reasoning and therapeutic knowledge. They provide care for people with both common and complex conditions.

Many Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners work in primary care where, like general practitioners, they may be the lead health care provider for health consumers and their families/whānau. Some Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners own their own practice. Others work for District Health Boards, non-governmental organisations, or for Māori and iwi providers. Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners are more likely to work in rural areas and in underserved communities.

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Go to:

  •  The Nursing Council website to find out more about the Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioner scope of practice.
  •  Changes to health practitioner status for more information about the changes to eight acts of parliament that enables Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners to carry out activities previously only doctors could do
  •  The Nurse Practitioners New Zealand website for more on how to support registered nurses to become Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners, and for examples of Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioner job descriptions and business cases


For more about Mātanga Tapuhi Nurse Practitioners at work see:

  •  The nurse practitioner older adult
  •  Rees Dart tramp triggers Angela's goal to become a nurse practitioner



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