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.

2019 Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies in Development

A project team of experienced oncology nurse practitioners (ONP) is working to revise and update the 2007 ONP competencies. We anticipate release of these new competencies in the late summer or early fall.

ONS Competencies

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

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