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.

Originally published in 2007, the ONP competencies were updated in 2019 to reflect current practice. A project team of experienced oncology nurse practitioners conducted an extensive literature review and elicited member and expert feedback to complete this update. The 2019 competencies reflect the needs of patients with a past, current, or potential diagnosis of cancer, and have been structured based on the scope and standards of oncology nursing practice.

The Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies have been endorsed by the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO).

ONS Competencies

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

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