Australia Nurse Practitioner

In Australia, Nurse Practitioners are required to be registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The Australian professional organisation is the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. (ACNP).

Role in healthcare

The role of Australia Nurse Practitioners is very diverse. Nurse Practitioners are educated under the nursing model which is designed to provide holistic and preventive care engaging the individual as the primary leader in their own care and well-being. Australia Nurse Practitioners bring the nursing history of patient advocacy to partner with the individual for mutually agreed upon treatments and optimal health outcomes. Nurse Practitioners often view the health and wellness of individuals within the family or community system and attempt to incorporate cultural relativism within their treatments and recommendations[citation needed]. NPs are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a physician in primary care and are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems.

Post-nominal credentials and initials
See also: List of nursing credentials

Post-nominal initials NPs may use are regulated by the state in which they are licensed and include:
  • ACNP-BC (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified; if certified by the ANCC)
  • ACNPC (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certified)
  • APRN-BC (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Board Certified; no longer awarded, replaced with specialty-specific credentials by the ANCC)
  • ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner)
  • CAS (Certificate of Advanced Study)
  • CNP (Certified Nurse Practitioner)
  • CPNP (Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; if certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board PNCB)
  • CPNP-AC (Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care; if certified by the PNCB )
  • CPNP-PC (Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care; if certified by the PNCB)
  • CRNP (Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner; used primarily in Pennsylvania and Alabama)
  • DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice; the terminal practice degree for NPs)
  • DNSc (Doctor of Nursing Science; equivalent to Ph.D., most D.N.Sc. programs now converted to PhD programs)
  • FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing AAN)
  • FAANP (Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners AANP)
  • MA (Master of Arts in Nursing)
  • MN (Master of Nursing)
  • MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)
  • NP-C (Nurse Practitioner - Certified; if certified by the AANP)
  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • PMC (Post-Master's Certificate)
  • RN (Registered Nurse)
  • RN(EP) or NP (Registered Nurse - Extended Practice; Manitoba, Canada)
  • RN(NP) (Registered Nurse - Nurse Practitioner; Saskatchewan, Canada)

  • ACHPN (Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Nurse)
  • ACNP (Acute Care NP)
  • ACPNP (Acute Care Pediatric NP)
  • ANP (Adult NP)
  • (Specialty Programs: Adult Cardiovascular Care NP, Adult Primary Care NP, Adult Critical Care NP, Adult Acute Care NP)
  • AOCNP or AOCNS (Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist—by ONCC)
  • APMHNP (Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health NP)
  • BC-ADM (Board Certified - Advanced Diabetes Management)
  • BC-PCM (Board Certified - Palliative Care Management, discontinued by ANCC)
  • ENP (Emergency NP)
  • FNP (Family NP)
  • FPMHNP (Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP)
  • GNP (Geriatric NP)
  • HNP (Holistic NP; APN program)
  • NNP (Neonatal NP)
  • OHNP (Occupational Health NP)
  • ONP (Oncology NP)
  • PA/CCNP (Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care NP)
  • PCCNP (Pediatric Critical Care NP)
  • PCNP (Palliative Care NP; APN program)
  • PMHNP (Psychiatric/Mental Health NP)
  • PNP (Pediatric NP)
  • PONP (Pediatric Oncology NP)
  • WHNP (Women's Health NP)

 "-C" and "-BC" indicate "Certified" and "Board Certified" by a national certifying organization such as the ANCC or AANP (e.g., FNP-BC, NNP-BC, ANP-C, NP-C, etc.)