Myths, cautions, and solutions: Nurse practitioners in primary health care in Aotearoa New Zealand
Ngā paki, ngā whakatūpato me ngā rongoā: Ngā tapuhi mahi i roto i te taurimatanga hauora tuatahi i Aotearoa
Sue Adams PhD RN, Honorary Academic, School of Nursing, University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Reference: Adams, S. (2020). Myths, cautions, and solutions: Nurse practitioners in primary health care in Aotearoa New Zealand [Editorial]. Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand, 36(1), 5-7 doi: 10.36951/27034542.2020.001
Aotearoa New Zealand is set to reach 500 registered nurse practitioners (NPs) by the end of 2020. Just over half of these work in settings which can be broadly defined as delivering primary health care (PHC)1 services to a wide range of population groups and communities. Local providers employing NPs or contracting for their services extol their value, yet the recognition that NPs can deliver comprehensive and meaningful PHC services remains lacking at policy, planning, and funding levels of the health sector.