What is a Nurse Practitioner and what can they do?

A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who completes additional study to obtain a Master’s degree at University. The nurse must also undergo significant clinical training and assessment and be accredited by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to practice. These skills equip them with necessary knowledge to diagnose, treat, and refer patients autonomously.

They are trained to be able to do a thorough assessment, prescribe medicines and collaborate with other Doctors and allied health care practitioners to provide patients with holistic and advanced care. Overseas there are many Nurse Practitioners particularly across the U.S.A. and U.K. In Australia this number is growing to improve the lives of patients and help fill the gaps in our health system.

About Julie Mclean

Julie is a Nurse Practitioner who cares for both children and adults. She has completed a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and completed a Master of Philosophy degree researching Family-Centred Care.

Julie has over 20 years of experience in caring for children and has worked at Perth Children’s Hospital in general, medical, and surgical wards, as well as intensive care. Her main experience was working in Cardiology caring for children with heart problems, and chronic illnesses.

Julie is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children, and their families in the community. Julie has a particular interest in eczema, general paediatric conditions, ears nose and throat conditions, child development, infant sleep and settling, healthy lifestyle choices and chronic health management.

Julie is a mother of two children and understands the stressors that parents undergo to care for children who are unwell. Julie therefore strives to support parents to care for their children by being compassionate and caring.