Pinnacle is a recertification programme provider partner for designated registered nurse prescribers in community health (RNPCH). Find out more about the programme and how to make an application.
The Midland Collaborative of five Te Whatu Ora regions and eight PHOs within the Midland geographical area (including Pinnacle Midlands Health Network) have been approved by Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as a recertification programme provider. The Midland Collaborative is the first approved programme provider outside of the original Counties Manukau DHB pilot.
Prescribing for registered nurses in community health is a limited, guideline-based model of prescribing designed to cater for normally healthy people who have specific minor ailments or common conditions in the community. Normally healthy people are without serious or complex health conditions, or whose conditions are well-controlled and stable.
The RNPCH recertification programme reflects a commitment to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori, Pasifika peoples and communities with health inequities; with associated responsibility in reducing inequity in health for our populations, and in provision of safe, quality healthcare services by professionals who are well trained and fit for purpose.
The registered nurse will have access to Ko Awatea to complete six online learning modules supported by an eight-week online Zoom series with presentations from Matanga Tapuhi from across the collaborative network. This is followed by clinical supervision supplied in your place of employment and the building of a clinical portfolio which will be submitted to the Nursing Council upon completion. The time span for this course is a maximum of 1 year.
There are two main components of the Midland Collaborative designated RNPCH programme.
The first session is an online learning and overview of the programme:
A further Zoom session is offered six months after commencement for participants to regroup and review/discuss their progress, any challenges and share suggestions.
Nurse leads / facilitators for the programme from each of the areas are available for queries throughout the year.
The annual RNPCH course will begin on Wednesday 8 May 2024, with 8 consecutive weekly Zoom presentations. All of these sessions are via Zoom and links will be sent to participants upon registration in the RNPCH programme. Full course requirements are found in the documentation below.
For information such as how to apply, entry criteria, course costs and more please refer to the general information document (PDF). You can find these details from page 8 onwards.