Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner2020-05-26T18:42:48+10:00

Nicole Kuchel

Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
BNg(RN), BM(RM), MNg(NPrac)

What is a Nurse Practitioner

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse with the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions. NPs have completed additional university study at Master’s degree level and are the most senior clinical nurses in our health care system. The title “Nurse Practitioner” can only be used by a person who has been endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

National standards for practice ensure that Nurse Practitioners are capable of providing high quality, patient centred care. They are also capable in clinical research, education and leadership as applied to clinical care and health service development.

Did you know that Nurse Practitioners

  • Have practised in Australia for 20 years
  • Provide health care in all states and territories in Australia
  • Can provide patient rebates through Medicare
  • Provide prescriptions and access to PBS medicines
  • Can refer patients to hospital and to specialists
  • Can order x-rays and diagnostic tests
  • Are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Nurse Practitioners work as key members of the healthcare team and collaborate with other nurses and healthcare professionals including GPs, medical and surgical specialists, physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, social workers, and many others. They work in a variety of locations, both in hospital and community settings.

Nurse practitioners practice collaboratively with many other health professionals to improve access to healthcare for Australian communities through health promotion, disease prevention, and health management strategies.

Nicole has joined the Berri Medical Clinic after almost 20 years-experience. She has worked in urban, rural and remote settings. Nicole has devoted her career to clinical, educational and managerial roles; working for Flinders University in the education of medical students, and as a flight nurse with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

As well as being a Registered Midwife and a valued member of the Midwifery/Obstetric team, Nicole now has appointments available for:

  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Depression
  • Repeat prescriptions
  • Birth to 12 months clinic (supporting mothers and babies)
  • Respiratory clinic
    • Asthma
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • New Beginnings Clinic
    • Weight Management
    • Reducing risk factors for chronic illness