Education of the advanced practice nurse in oncology.

A. Belcher, K. M. Shurpin

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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To review the education of the advanced practice nurse (APN) with a focus on curriculum and issues related to the oncology specialization. DATA SOURCES: The State-of-the-Knowledge Conference on Advanced Practice in Oncology Nursing, journal articles, monographs, and authors' personal experiences. DATA SYNTHESIS: APN education is a current issue in nursing, as well as in the specialty of oncology nursing. Current trends in the delivery of health care require reform of graduate education in nursing to better prepare APNs to shape and respond to the healthcare needs of the public along the entire cancer care continuum. CONCLUSIONS: APN education remains a dynamic, ever-evolving enterprise. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have taken a proactive stand on APN education by revising master's curriculum guidelines and supporting the conference. IMPLIcATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: APN education in oncology will be an ongoing area of exploration for both ONS and ACS, as well as for leaders in oncology nursing. Development of graduate, postgraduate, and continuing education programs at the APN level of expertise will support high-quality advanced practice in oncology nursing. The feedback mechanisms among practice, education, and research will provide educational programs that will make a difference in the care of patients with cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalOncology nursing forum
Issue number8 Suppl
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)


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