Bryan Gibbison part of new diabetes prescribing initiative

New extensions to nurse prescribing rights has opened up opportunities to Bryan Gibbison, an external partner to the Centre for Health and Social Practice.

Bryan is one of six diabetes nurses with the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service to become authorised in medication prescription.

For authorisation, nurses must complete a postgraduate pharmacological paper, a clinical assessment and a specialty paper in diabetes. Nurses are supervised by a senior clinician which ensures good practice.

The extension now means that primary care nurses can become diabetes prescribing nurses. The amount of medications that can be prescribed has also increased from 26 to over 200, allowing insulin renewals to happen immediately without going through a specialist.