Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies

The Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies outline specialty entry-level competencies for oncology nurse practitioners (ONPs) who care for adult and late adolescent patients through the continuum of cancer care. It should be used by nurse practitioners, educators, employers, physicians, nurses, and anyone else who seeks to understand the role of the ONP.

To develop this important guide, ONS convened a national validation panel that included 20 representatives of nursing organizations and National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. The ONP competencies were reviewed and critiqued further by 127 oncology nurse practitioners.

ONS Competencies

Understand the fundamental knowledge, skills, and expertise to perform at the highest level.

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