Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies
Oncology nurse practitioners provide a significant amount of care to patients with a range of malignancies in a variety of settings. The number of patients with a cancer diagnosis is increasing and the presence of oncology nursing practitioners caring for these patients across settings, including ambulatory and urgent care, continue to increase as well. The goal of the Oncology Nurse Practitioner (ONP) competencies is to provide measurable objectives to enhance the ability of ONPs to provide quality cancer care. The ONP role is complicated by legislated role and scope of practice variability, as well as educational and institutional differences. These competencies will provide a benchmark to standardize the role and practice of the ONP.