Medicines - Guidelines and Information

Welcome to NZNO's medicines information page. Here you will find the most up to date information and guidelines pertinent to medicines administration and management. Please contact NZNO on 0800 283848 for further information or email


Links to useful websites re medicines:

New Zealand Formulary - this website provides the most up to date information on clinically validated medicines information and guidance on best practice.

PHARMAC - New Zealand's pharmaceutical management agency

PHARMAC Seminars - this webpage provides information on PHARMAC's seminar series offered in Wellington. A range of different topics are offered. Specific seminar content from the November 2014 seminar on dementia is available here.

Health Quality and Safety Commission - the HQSC provide a number of very useful resources on medicines administration including medicines reconciliation and the high risk medicines campaign. This link will take you directly to their medication safety page.

Pharmaceutical Society - professional association for pharmacists.


Links to useful publications and resources:

NZNO Guidelines for Nurses on the Administration of Medicines (PDF, 1MB)

NZNO Guidelines on Standing Orders

NZNO Guideline on Transcribing

Ministry of Health Position Statement on Verbal Orders for Controlled Drugs (external link)

Medicines Care Guides for Residential Aged Care (PDF, 522KB)

Advice re Nurses Becoming Quit Card Providers (PDF, 170KB)

Analysis of submissions concerning registered nurse prescribing (external link)

Ministry of Health circular - Administration of vaccines by student nurses (PDF, 1.45MB)

Ministry of Health - Example standing order for Administration of vaccines by student nurses - editable (DOC, 25KB)


Current consultations:

Regular consultations regarding medicines are undertaken across the sector including by PHARMAC, the Ministry of Health and Nursing Council. This link will take you to all current consultations - please scroll down to find medicines related consultations. It is essential we have a say in these consultations as nurses are often the most affected by changes in medicines policy.