Oncology Nurse Practitioner

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BASIC DESCRIPTION

As primary care providers, oncology nurse practitioners (NPs) provide comprehensive care to patients who have a diagnosis of cancer, as well as to their families. In collaboration with health care team members, the oncology NP conducts a thorough physical assessment, writes prescriptions for medications, administers therapeutic measures, and evaluates care provided.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation and NP certification are required; there are several certifications available for oncology NPs such as the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Specialist by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Excellent assessment, leadership, and critical thinking skills
■ Ability to work with members of the health care team
■ Excellent organization and fiscal skills

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (http://www.oncc.org/TakeTest/Certifications/AOCNP)
■ Oncology Nursing Society (http://www.ons.org/)

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