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.
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.
Our other competencies transcend specific roles to define the required skills and responsibilities all oncology nurses need to transform nursing and cancer care. These competencies empower the oncology nursing profession at multiple levels.