New scholarships to upskill registered nurses and midwives

The federal government has launched a $50.2 million scholarship program to upskill registered nurses and midwives to become nurse practitioners and endorsed midwives in primary care and aged care settings. The Primary Care Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Program will provide 1,850 postgraduate scholarships over four years and be managed by the Australian College of Nurse […]

Q&A: Australian College of Nurse Practitioners President Melanie Dunstan

Nursing has opened numerous doors for Melanie Dunstan throughout her career. But it was becoming a nurse practitioner that truly enabled her to deliver the greatest amount of care to clients, particularly reducing delays and increasing access to healthcare. As the current president of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, she remains committed to advocating […]

What do nurse practitioners think about registered nurse (RN) prescribing?

While acknowledging that Registered Nurse (RN) prescribing offers an opportunity to potentially improve patient access to medicines and enhance healthcare system efficiency, many nurse practitioners remain equally concerned about how it will be implemented, possible role ambiguity, and patient safety, a recent study has revealed. The survey of 229 Australian nurse practitioners, about 10% of […]

Advanced practice nurses caring for communities in need

“There isn’t many free services available for people with acute injuries and illnesses that provide such a holistic service, and have the time to be able to do that,” says Advanced Practice Nurse Anna Petchell, of Canberra’s successful nurse-led Walk-in Centres. Anna started working at the centres, which provide free healthcare for non-life threatening injuries […]

Q&A: Emergency Nurse Practitioner

South Australian Stuart Smith has been an Emergency Nurse Practitioner for more than two decades. Originally from the UK, Stuart works at Modbury Hospital, where he enjoys the diversity of the Emergency Department, with the bustling environment demanding leadership, emotional intelligence, compassion, and a broad scope of clinical skills. Stuart spoke to the ANMJ about […]

More nurse practitioners to be employed across Western Australia

An extra 20 Nurse Practitioners will be employed across Western Australian primary care settings as part of a new multidisciplinary care model aiming to improve access to primary care and help ease workforce pressures in aged care and the health system. Announced today, the $11.7 million program, funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments, […]

How a nurse practitioner shifted to telehealth amid COVID-19

Before COVID-19 hit, Paediatric Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Dowden pondered implementing telehealth at her Perth-based clinic but ultimately considered it too costly and unviable. When the pandemic arrived, the goalposts suddenly changed. Speaking at the 2022 Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) National Conference, Stephanie shared her experience with adopting telehealth and its benefits and challenges. […]