Natasha has been employed by Three Rivers Medical as an intern nurse practitioner treating rest home residents who are registered patients with Three Rivers Medical, Puhi Kaiti Medical Centre and The Doctors Te Whare Hapara.
She has taken over the rest home nurse practitioner role from trailblazer Kylie Morresey who was Three Rivers’ first aged care nurse practitioner. Before Kylie, a visiting doctor would carry out the role.
As an intern nurse practitioner Natasha has advanced knowledge and skills but can’t sign off on drug prescriptions. That’s expected to change after Natasha sits the exams to become a fully qualified nurse practitioner with the ability to make a diagnosis, order and interpret tests, and prescribe medicines within her specialist area - gerontology.
Natasha says at the moment, when things are outside of her scope, she seeks help from other medical professionals.
“I have lots of support from the doctors at Three Rivers Medical. Dr Fergus Aitcheson is on hand should I need as is Kylie so I am as prepared as I can be.”