First ‘homegrown’ nurse practitioner

Lynne Gray is the first oncology nurse practitioner in a satellite centre — at Hauora Tairawhiti. Picture supplied satellite centre

ONCOLOGY clinical nurse specialist Lynne Gray is Hauora Tairawhiti’s first ‘‘homegrown’’ nurse practitioner.

The nurse practitioner role is a highly-skilled nursing position and has the legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse, including prescribing rights.

Lynne Gray is New Zealand’s first oncology nurse practitioner in a secondary satellite centre.

Currently, people who are receiving treatment for cancer are seen by specialist physicians from Waikato who fly in to hold monthly clinics.

Tui te Ora nurse manager Natasha Ashworth said, “Lynne’s appointment is key to ensuring Tairawhiti has better and quicker access to expert oncology assessment and treatment.

“As a nurse practitioner with full prescribing rights, Lynne can ensure that people have all the medication they need to keep them safe and comfortable.

“She is also able to order tests and investigations to monitor response to treatment or progress.

“Lynne’s achievement is incredible and will bring so many advantages for cancer care in our community, especially for Kahikatea — the Medical Day Unit.

“The team in Kahikatea now has someone on-site to talk through complex issues that arise and prescribe medication. Prescribing in oncology is highly specialised and we often have to ask our new house officers to perform this task.

“Lynne is an expert in the area and will be carrying out much of this prescribing with the nursing team.”

The nurse practitioner wanted to thank her colleagues.

“None of this has happened in isolation from my colleagues, nursing, medical and otherwise.

“From my point of view, this has been a continuum, many years in the making.

“It is a mighty relief and a significant step getting over the Nursing Council nurse practitioner line.

“So it’s not the end — it’s the beginning and I am a novice again which is a bit daunting.

“In some ways, nothing will change but I will have a far greater arsenal with which to support our community adapting to their cancer diagnosis, disease and treatment.”

Tairawhiti has only two other nurses working as nurse practitioners, which are in aged care and at St John.

“The investment in our nursing workforce is worth it,’’ said Ms Ashworth.

“Over the last two years, we have been actively working on a plan to initiate nurse practitioner roles in areas of high need or where equity issues need to be addressed.

“Our oncology service was one of the areas identified as needing additional clinical support.”

ONCOLOGY clinical nurse specialist Lynne Gray is Hauora Tairawhiti’s first ‘‘homegrown’’ nurse practitioner.

The nurse practitioner role is a highly-skilled nursing position and has the legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse, including prescribing rights.

Lynne Gray is New Zealand’s first oncology nurse practitioner in a secondary satellite centre.

Currently, people who are receiving treatment for cancer are seen by specialist physicians from Waikato who fly in to hold monthly clinics.

Tui te Ora nurse manager Natasha Ashworth said, “Lynne’s appointment is key to ensuring Tairawhiti has better and quicker access to expert oncology assessment and treatment.

“As a nurse practitioner with full prescribing rights, Lynne can ensure that people have all the medication they need to keep them safe and comfortable.

“She is also able to order tests and investigations to monitor response to treatment or progress.

“Lynne’s achievement is incredible and will bring so many advantages for cancer care in our community, especially for Kahikatea — the Medical Day Unit.

“The team in Kahikatea now has someone on-site to talk through complex issues that arise and prescribe medication. Prescribing in oncology is highly specialised and we often have to ask our new house officers to perform this task.

“Lynne is an expert in the area and will be carrying out much of this prescribing with the nursing team.”

The nurse practitioner wanted to thank her colleagues.

“None of this has happened in isolation from my colleagues, nursing, medical and otherwise.

“From my point of view, this has been a continuum, many years in the making.

“It is a mighty relief and a significant step getting over the Nursing Council nurse practitioner line.

“So it’s not the end — it’s the beginning and I am a novice again which is a bit daunting.

“In some ways, nothing will change but I will have a far greater arsenal with which to support our community adapting to their cancer diagnosis, disease and treatment.”

Tairawhiti has only two other nurses working as nurse practitioners, which are in aged care and at St John.

“The investment in our nursing workforce is worth it,’’ said Ms Ashworth.

“Over the last two years, we have been actively working on a plan to initiate nurse practitioner roles in areas of high need or where equity issues need to be addressed.

“Our oncology service was one of the areas identified as needing additional clinical support.”

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Dave Mittman, PA - 24 days ago
From a PA in the states, welcome!

Margaret Boreham-Colven, Auckland - 20 days ago
Congratulations to Lynne Gray, I know this will have taken an incredible amount of work to achieve. It is fabulous for your patients and the people of the Gisborne area.

Diane Williams, Blenheim - 15 days ago
Heartfelt congratulations to Lynne Gray and the team who have supported her to gain her Nurse Practitioner's registration. This new role will make a marked difference in Tairawhiti's whanau access to high-quality health care. It is great to finally see the NP role being embraced in a region where it is so needed.

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