A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a highly qualified nurse with advanced knowledge and skills registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council to provide comprehensive care to patients. They have been formally assessed and registered by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as Nurse Practitioners, and this gives them the legal authority to practice beyond the usual scope of a nurse.

A Nurse Practitioner undertakes assessments, makes diagnosis, and decides on the clinical management including the prescribing of medication and referral to specialist review.  Nurse Practitioners are able to manage your visit to the medical centre in much the same way as a GP would, by assessing your health needs and recommending treatment, and are able to make referrals, order tests and prescribe medicines for you.