Celebrating Nurse Practitioners Week
Published at: 13 Dec 2019
Goulburn Valley Health staff celebrated Nurse Practitioners Week this week with an event attended by Member for Nicholls Damian Drum and Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) President Leanne Bose.
The event was held to celebrate NPs at GV Health.
An NP is a registered nurse with the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions.
NPs have completed additional university study at Master’s degree level and are the most senior clinical nurses in the Australian health care system.
The title "Nurse Practitioner" can only be used by a person who has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
GV Health Interim Chief of Nursing and Midwifery Kellie Thompson said it was exciting to have so many NPs at GV Health.
She explained the innovation behind NPs.
"It is like going from the candle to the light bulb," she said.
"They are completing new and different."
Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ANCP) President Leanne Bose attended the event and she was pleased to see so many NPs at GV Health.
She said, in some places, there was a poor understanding of what NPs can do and what they were capable of and that was why Nurse Practitioners Week was celebrated from December 9-15.
Each year the ACNP holds Nurse Practitioner Day on the December 12 to celebrate an important milestone for the nursing profession.
This date was identified as a date of national significance, as the first nurse practitioners were endorsed in Australia in the year 2000 - Ms Sue Denison and Ms Jane O’Connell.