Nurse practitioners are employed in Tasmanian public and private sectors in a variety of roles.
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Nurse practitioner prescribing in Tasmania
- The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Safety and quality guidelines for nurse practitioners states that nurse practitioners must comply with the drug and poisons legislation of the State or Territory in which they practice.
- In Tasmania, the Poisons Act 1971 states that a nurse practitioner must be authorised to prescribe (for their scope of practice) and the authorisation must be issued by the Chief Pharmacist and not expired.
- The Authorisation to Prescribe Scheduled Substances Guideline supports nurse practitioners to prescribe in both private and public sectors. It delivers comprehensive information regarding prescribing responsibilities, the authorisation process and application form.
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