Advanced Practice Nursing Issues

Roles Played by Advanced Practitioners in Oncology: Present Status and Future Outlook

Jennifer C. Ewing

physician assistant, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, professional issues
CJON 2015, 19(2), 226-227. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.226-227

During the past 40 years that the Oncology Nursing Society has been in existence, the profession of advanced practitioner in oncology (APO) has grown alongside it. Today, APOs fill a wide variety of roles in numerous settings. This article will examine those roles, as well as the profession’s future.

At a Glance

  • Advanced practitioners in oncology (APOs) have become a vital part of cancer care.
  • APOs possess various academic degrees and have undergone varied educational preparation.
  • APOs are one possible solution to an anticipated physician shortage.
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