Volume 20, Issue 3, December 2009
Coordinator's Message
The Branding of the New and Improved Nurse

Barbara A. Biedrzycki, CRNP, AOCNP®
Baltimore, MD

Nurse practitioners can take on a number of different titles based on their education, certification, and experience. You could be an advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner, an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse, a doctor of nursing practice, or an oncology clinician just to name a few titles. What title do you prefer listed on your state license? What title would someone use to describe you? Do we even agree on the best title?

On my way to the American College of Nurse Practitioner Conference in Albuquerque, NM, I found an issue of Southwest Airlines Spirit (SAS) tucked into the seat pocket next to the always entertaining Sky Miles Catalogue. I had planned to compose my Coordinator’s Message while in the air. Being away from it all among the clouds usually inspires me. However, knowing that the deadline was several weeks away, I gave into temptation, eager to discover what “simple, useful, fun, can’t-live-without” gadgets the two popular publications contained.

At first, I could not believe it. Listed in SAS’s top ten list of things to do was “rename your nurse.” This was the last place I expected to see something on nursing! The reader is referred to an article by Jay Heinrichs (2009) entitled “Rebrand Nurses.” Perhaps inspired by his daughter’s pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the author cleverly crafts the article around the brand name of nurse. Interestingly, the article is labeled as a “Business idea” feature.

Initially, because of the feminine association with the word nurse, Heinrichs proposed rebranding nurse to discourage the use of a sex-identifying adjective. While “female doctor” hasn’t been heard for more than a decade, “male nurse” is still used today. However, he didn’t get too far with that concept, as people like the word nurse, and most feel that it describes the profession well.

Heinrichs soon discovered that nurse is a multisplendored word. He delves into the ability of advanced practice nurses to meet the nation’s healthcare needs, educational and national certification requirements, and practice regulations set by each state. He also touches on the controversies surrounding calling a doctor of nursing practice “doctor.” He concludes that “we need an effective brand” (p. 49) and consults with experts in the field of naming and branding. Through his consultations, he tried to define the product (us) by researching us, interviewing our clients, exploring legal ramifications of our practice, and brainstorming alternative names. One expert came up with a few suggestions including noctors, health facilitators, and wellness buddies.

Another business expert thought that perhaps we just needed to market the name advanced practice nurses better. But, as was astutely mentioned, this could be costly. Johnson and Johnson did wonders raising the public’s perception of nurses through their $30 million advertising campaign. Do you know of any corporate angel who would do the same for us? Until we find that corporate angel, we all need to continue to advocate for our role, continually striving to be identified as providers of quality oncology care no matter your preferred title.


Heinrichs, J. (2009). Rebrand nurses. Southwest Airlines Spirit, 10, 44–52.

The Nurse Practitioner SIG Newsletter is produced by members of the
Nurse Practitioner SIG and ONS staff and is not a peer-reviewed publication.

Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Nurse Practitioner Coordinator Candidate Forum

The ONS Nominating Committee has announced that the Nurse Practitioner (NP) SIG has two candidates for the coordinator-elect position. As established in the ONS Campaigning Guidelines, each candidate was invited to participate in the NP SIG Candidate Forum. The candidates were presented with the same questions and asked to limit their responses to 200 words or less. Both candidates complied with the word limit and met the set deadline. The posting order alternates with the first response being selected alphabetically by the candidate’s last name.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you our NP SIG candidates, Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, of Pittsburgh, PA, and Jennifer Wulff, RN, MN, ARNP, AOCNP®, of Lynwood, WA.

Question 1. Can you discuss the changing face of nursing education for nurse practitioners and its impact on oncology nurse practitioner's entry into practice?

Margaret Rosenzweig
Nurse practitioners (NPs) have established evidence of cost-effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and quality care outcomes in multiple care settings, prompting the rapid growth of these professionals in cancer care. However, NPs are traditionally educated under broad umbrellas of patient populations (family, adult, acute care, women’s health), not disease-specific entities. Cancer care reaches across all patient populations, making no NP educational preparation entirely adequate for the care of the patient and family. For NPs entering oncology, additional education specific to this unique role is necessary for the provision of safe and appropriate care of the patients and families along the cancer care continuum. Improving and standardizing the cancer care education available to NPs entering oncology is essential to optimal care of the patient. ONS is assuming a leadership role in assessing educational needs, suggesting initiatives for institutional training, providing resources for supervising physicians, and developing opportunities for NP self-study. All of these resources are necessary for NPs to provide optimal cancer care.

Jennifer Wulff
While I feel that education is important, it may not be best for NPs to increase the entry level requirements from a master’s degree to a doctorate. I am concerned that the added requirements will increase the time and cost to become a NP at a time when the need for NPs is rising. As the shortage of oncologists grows, the need for qualified NPs is going to grow, too. If we add more obstacles, we are going to discourage nurses from becoming NPs. I feel that the idea of a practice doctorate for nursing is a good thing. It allows nurses who want more knowledge and experience of evidence-based practice to get more education. I do not feel that it should be the requirement for entry to the NP field.

Question 2. Considering healthcare reform, what is your vision of the future for oncology nurse practitioners?

Jennifer Wulff
I feel that oncology NPs can play an integral role in healthcare reform. NPs provide economic, quality care and can help fill in the gap when universal coverage becomes a reality. I would like NPs to have the ability to fully care for our patients and prescribe home care and hospice when needed. I would like our voices to be heard by politicians and recognized for what we can provide our patients. Oncology NPs provide an important role in the care of patients with cancer, and I would like for them to receive the recognition for that role.

Margaret Rosenzweig    
While the exact nature of healthcare reform is not yet determined, it is clear that cost-effective and evidence-based care are non-partisan goals of reform. NPs contribute to both of these important outcomes.

Healthcare reform will undoubtedly include the expanded use of non-physician providers to provide universal access to quality cancer care. As the population ages, treatment options for cancer expand, and cancer survival increases, the current oncology workforce is without proportional replacement for expected attrition. Increasing the numbers of NPs, and expanding their roles, are considered to be critically important to meet the current and potential U.S. cancer care needs in a cost-effective manner. Oncology NPs need to continue to recognize their unique value in oncology care practice.

An additional role for NPs in cancer care is to continue to advocate for care that is evidence-based. NPs in cancer care can integrate this awareness into practice through reviewing literature, developing interdisciplinary teams to review practice, and developing systematic methods to analyze patient outcomes. Hopefully, thoughtful healthcare reform will encourage and support these clinical initiatives.

Question 3. What can the NP SIG do for oncology nurse practitioners?

Margaret Rosenzweig
The role of the NP in cancer care is unique and not shared with many other healthcare professionals. The NP SIG group allows like-minded individuals to share information, challenges, frustrations, and rewards of this exceptional role. The NP SIG plays an important role for new and experienced NPs in sharing, mentorship, support, education, and community. Additionally, the NP SIG is an important vehicle for advocating for higher visibility and recognition of our profession and important contribution to cancer care.

Jennifer Wulff
I feel that the NP SIG can be a place for oncology NPs to find support, information, and networking opportunities with other oncology NPs. The NP SIG can be a central location to get information. It should be a place to discuss practice issues, access the latest information about what is happening in the field of oncology, and engage in educational opportunities. I also feel that the SIG should be a voice for oncology NPs in ONS and beyond. The NP SIG is in the unique position of helping to provide a central location for oncology NPs to share their voices, ideas, and experiences with other oncology NPs.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Editor's Message

Megan Wholey, RNC, AOCNP®
Arlington, VA

This month, our SIG coordinator challenged us to discuss the similarities and differences in practice and perception for nurse practitioners (NPs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). Can we be thought of as an advanced practice group? We are all advanced practice nurses (APNs), and as such, we are equipped for expanded roles by virtue of additional education and certification. My graduate nursing program defined five roles of APNs as direct patient care, education, consultation, research, and administration. All APNs are educated for these roles, yet our licensures and certifications often have divided us into non-directly-collaborative spheres. This divide may be detrimental to the goal of high-quality, holistic care for our patients. The Institute of Medicine report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs (2008) references NPs only eight times, despite the fact that 40% of oncology practices currently include NPs. The explosion in cancer incidence and survival mean that a growth in provider numbers will be vital as well.

The recent move to standardize APN credentialing (partly to facilitate “compact licensure” now possible for RNs) makes considering coordinating efforts pertinent. As our educational background has taught us, breadth of experience increases our ability to deliver care in thoughtful and evidence-based ways. Last year, I had the opportunity to work with a student who was in a CNS program with an education focus. Our collaboration led to improved outcomes for patients because she had the time to reinforce teaching, access further resources, and follow up to determine outcomes. If 2015 (or 2020) brings about the unification of APNs into a like group in terms of nurse practice act licensure (the APRN consensus model), some things are clear. The current CNS group will be prescribing and will be more engaged in physical assessment. We may find ourselves supervising and mentoring these colleagues, perhaps doing some of the follow-up care for our interventions, as we currently do for our physicians.

Janet Van Cleave, MSN, ACNP-CS, AOCNP®, offers an alternate view “I maintain that the NP and CNS APNs should maintain separate SIGs, though I once advocated for their merger. My opinion changed, however, after serving as a member of the 2003 AOCN® Role Delineation Task Force. After months of hard work in committee meetings and information gathering, the task force met at ONS Headquarters early winter/spring 2003 to synthesize and review the final data. The results demonstrated that although CNSs and NPs share a similar knowledge base, the application of their knowledge to their work is completely different. Ultimately, CNS and NP tasks, role performance, and perspectives differ.”

“This is relevant to the current debate about combining the two SIGs. I am concerned that bringing together members under one SIG who differ in their approach to tasks, role performance, and perspectives may create rather than solve problems. In turn, this would weaken rather than strengthen both CNSs and NPs voices as advocates for our patients and ourselves.”

Please join us on Facebook, and let us know your thoughts!


Committee on Psychosocial Services to Cancer Patients/Families in a Community Setting. (2008). Cancer care for the whole patient: meeting psychosocial health needs. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Fellowship in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Terri S. Armstrong, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP
Houston, TX

In the spring of 2009, I was honored to be chosen as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). In the United States, there are more than 125,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) and 215 of these have been recognized as fellows. Recognition as a fellow is voluntary and honorary. FAANP recognition is dependent on demonstration of substantive contributions to the NP profession in at least two of four priority areas (research, practice, education, and policy). Research accomplishments include conducting research, securing funding, and publishing results. Practice accomplishments include projects that influence population health, fill unmet community needs, or entrepreneurial activities. Educational contributions include progressive responsibilities in an educational setting or development of teaching innovations or curriculum. The applicants’ achievements related to policy may include local, regional, national, and international issues related to the profession or to health policy. No single area is weighted higher than the others. The fellow is expected to continue contributing to the profession once recognized through involvement in the organization, publication, and continued participation in the priority areas used for selection of the candidate.

A call for applications to the fellows program is announced in the fall of each year, with applications due in December. An interested NP should evaluate his or her career trajectory and decide whether his or her body of work would support application. The candidate then must secure primary sponsorship from a current fellow in good standing. A fellow can serve as the primary mentor for only one application each year. The primary sponsor then mentors the candidate in the application process and assists in securing a second fellow willing to endorse the candidate. The candidate’s application is evaluated by an elected peer-review committee. The committee recommends candidates to the Chair of the Fellows, who then notifies the applicant and sponsors of the results. If selected, the newly elected fellow is honored at an induction ceremony also attended by the primary sponsor during the AANP annual meeting.

It is a great honor to be part of this distinguished group. Upon my induction, I was surprised by the small number of NPs working in oncology who are recognized as fellows. Many innovative, professional, and successful NPs who specialize in oncology would make excellent candidates. If you are interested in more information, please contact faanp@aanp.org.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Social Networking
What's a Nurse Practitioner to Do?

Heather Mackey, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCN®
Kernersville, NC

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn—it seems like each day people are talking about the newest social networking site. As nurse practitioners (NPs), we know the value of networking at meetings and conferences, but how can these social networking sites help us in our professional lives?

By jumping into the world of social networking, one may establish new connections with colleagues working across town or across the globe. You also can reconnect with people from your past, including one of your study partners from your NP program or an old friend who followed a similar career path and now practices as an NP a few states away. The resources and opportunities that these connections provide are endless and well worth giving these sites a try. We know that the electronic world is growing exponentially. More and more healthcare providers and healthcare systems are using these sites as a way of communicating with their employees (and sometimes, their patients). The July ONS Connect featured an article exploring the perils of interacting with patients through social networking sites. Social networking sites can be a safe and effective means of building relationships and fostering connections, but you must do it safely and smartly. Let’s look a little closer at one of these sites, and then please visit our Virtual Community for the remainder of this article.

Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard University, as a way for Harvard students to keep up with one another across a busy campus. Gradually, it expanded to include other college students across the northeast United States, then to the world as a whole. Facebook allows users to establish a personal profile that describes their personalities, interests, and activities. Users invite others to be their “friends” to allow them access to their profiles. The site is free, and members control who has access to their information by using privacy controls. Members can post pictures, links to internet sites and stories of interest, and create and join groups that focus on a particular subject.

ONS has established a Facebook group where readers can view breaking news in the world of oncology, discuss different topics, and keep up with events such as Congress, Institutes of Learning, and the Advanced Practice Nursing Conference. Our NP SIG also has established a group page to share news related to the SIG and issues affecting oncology NPs. Both the ONS page and SIG page are set up as business pages, which are different from personal pages. Your personal Facebook page is just that—personal—focusing on you. The group pages focus on a topic of information of interest to members. To become part of group pages, you simply sign up to be a fan. As a fan of the site, you can write or post content on the page’s wall to share information with other fans, upload pictures from meetings or conferences, or contribute to the discussion forum on topics of interest.

I would encourage each of you to safely explore the options available for social networking. You may find that these sites are just not for you. Or, you may find, as I did, that they can provide a wonderful world of opportunities in your personal and professional lives. Be sure to read the information in the help section of each site on how to keep your page secure. Be smart about what types of information you share. In this age of technology, you never know who is looking. Always present your best face and never share information that you wouldn’t want to read on the front page of the newspaper (or that you wouldn’t want your parents or children to know about).

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and ONS
A Great Partnership

Kathy Sharp, MSN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, CCD
Bristol, TN

Like many of you, I am certified in both family practice and oncology, so the timely acquisition of continuing education that applies to both areas of certification is always a high priority. In June, I had the unique opportunity to attend the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) 24th National Conference in Nashville, TN. Registration was provided through a partnership with AANP and ONS. In exchange for the opportunity, my responsibility was to share with you something I learned. Read on—you may be surprised at the revelations.

First of all, I found out that the Gaylord Opryland is one of the best venues for a conference! Most attendees feel a spirit of excitement that surrounds such a large gathering of colleagues, and while energizing, it also can be mentally draining. Like many of us, I try to attend as many sessions as possible to make the most of the educational offerings, which causes mental fatigue during and after the conference. The Opryland is beautiful, and its indoor gardens, fountains, and waterways provide a restful atmosphere that is calming to a mind that is swirling with new information. My tip for attendees of large conferences, whether first-timers or repeaters, is to pace yourself!

As an occasional presenter, I was of course interested in the session titled “Honing Your Presentation Skills.” This session was poetry in motion with three outstanding speakers. Thanks to Wendy Wright, Margaret Fitzgerald, and Mimi Secor for showing how it is done! Some pearls of wisdom for a good presentation are

  • Fear won’t kill you (all speakers have some innate fear)
  • Speak slowly (this is calming)
  • Know your audience
  • Prepare and practice
  • Warm up your voice by humming, then singing, then speaking
  • Gesture carefully and avoid visual distractions.

A good quote to remember, particularly for beginning speakers, comes from Eleanor Lopez “Good speakers are made—not born.”

At the end of the conference, I realized that some of the educational offerings confirmed that I really do know more than I thought. I say this not arrogantly, but I was pleasantly surprised that many of the sessions were a great review of knowledge that was already tucked away in the recesses of my brain!

Thanks again to ONS for giving me the chance to be the first of hopefully many who will receive this opportunity. All it takes is an e-mail response to the call!

See the Virtual Community for my notes on the osteoporosis lecture that I attended.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Advocacy Corner
Trend and Legislation Watcher Alerts

Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®
Bristol, TN

We can all agree that this is an exciting time to be in oncology care. Many discussions are going on at the national level that potentially impact our work environments and opportunities. This article describes proposed Medicare payment rules for 2010 and a project that the American Society of Clinical Oncology has undertaken that will need oncology nurse practitioner (NP) support.

The 2010 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) Rule and Physician Fee Schedule will affect hospital outpatient ambulatory surgical centers (ASC). In brief, it addresses

  • Impact hospital reimbursement of separately paid drugs
  • Payment changes for imaging services
  • Payment for radiation therapy guidance services, therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, and brachytherapy
  • Quality reporting requirements
  • Radiation therapy guidance services
  • Physician supervision requirements.

What will these proposed changes mean to us? As NPs, we are most interested in the last point, physician supervision requirements. In the 2010 proposed rule, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines “direct supervision” for on-campus hospital outpatient services to mean that a physician or nonphysician practitioner must be present in the hospital or on-campus provider-based department of the hospital and immediately available to provide assistance throughout the performance of a procedure, in contrast to the current definition, which requires the physician to be present in only the on-campus provider-based department.

In the 2010 proposed rule, for services furnished in an off-campus provider-based department, “direct supervision” would continue to mean that the physician or nonphysician practitioner must be present in the off-campus provider-based department and immediately available to furnish assistance and direction throughout the performance of the procedure. CMS also is proposing to define “in the hospital” as meaning areas in the main building(s) of a hospital that are owned, controlled, and operated by the organization.

The 2009 final rule concerned many oncology NPs employed by hospitals and working in an outpatient facility. In February, ONS and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) representatives met with Carol Bazell, the director of the outpatient care division of CMS, regarding the clarification of the term “physician supervision.” A follow-up letter to CMS is posted here. ONS and ACCC recommended that CMS allow NPs to fulfill supervisory requirements in lieu of physicians, particularly in underserved and rural areas. They urged CMS to delay the 2009 implementation date until various issues and options could be explored.

The meeting was effective. For 2010, CMS proposes that non-physician practitioners, specifically physician assistants (PAs), NPs, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse-midwives, may directly supervise all hospital outpatient therapeutic services that they may perform themselves in accordance with state laws, scope of practice, and hospital-granted privileges, provided that they continue to meet all additional requirements, including any collaboration or supervision requirements as specified in the regulations. In meetings with CMS earlier this year, ONS and ACCC suggested the idea of using the state scope of practice law, as opposed to what CMS instituted in the 2009 final HOPPS rule. It is encouraging to find that CMS has used this suggestion, and ONS and ACCC will be recommending that CMS institute this proposal. You may read the letter from ONS to Charlene Frizzera, the acting administrator for CMS here. Please take the time to thank ONS President Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer Paula Rieger, RN, MSN, AOCN®, FAAN, and Health Policy Manager Leslie Greenberg for their efforts in legislating on our behalf.

Another blip on the advocacy radar is the recent $10 million grant from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a Cure to address the looming shortage of oncologists expected by the year 2020. As part of this initiative, ASCO will be conducting a study of the nonphysician practitioner role in the provision of healthcare services to patients with cancer. The study is called “The ASCO Study of Collaborative Practice Arrangements.” Last fall, ASCO’s Workforce Advisory Group acknowledged that the increased use of nonphysician practitioners in oncology practices is a way to address the increasing shortage of oncologists. Currently, over half of all oncology practices employ NPs or PAs. These practices have higher visit rates than those who do not employ NPs or PAs. The study will be conducted for ASCO by a company called Oncology Metrics. More information is available on ASCO’s Web site.

The study will scrutinize up to 40 private and hospital-based oncology practices varying in size, location, and patient population. The study will specifically examine the “satisfaction, efficiency, and productivity” of each collaborative care team to establish “best practices.” The study is intended to be a comprehensive analysis of how oncology practices provide patient care through collaborative care teams made up of oncologists, NPs, and PAs. The results of this study are expected to be released in 2011.

ONS has expressed willingness to assist with this study. The study group requested oncology NP representatives. ONS has suggested several people. If you are asked to participate in this study, please give thoughtful consideration to your involvement. Even if you are not involved in this study, share your thoughts on the unique problems in your practice and possible solutions known with your colleagues, professional societies, legislators, and friends. Your insight will be invaluable. Oncology nurse practitioners should, and can, have a voice in the improvement of care to patients with cancer. Seize the opportunity!

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Capitol Gang
Boots on the Ground for Oncology Legislative Advocacy

Lynn Magrum, MSN, CRNP, AOCN®
Fairfax, VA

I am an oncology nurse practitioner (NP) working in a private adult oncology practice in Northern Virginia. I’m also a proud member of the Capitol Gang, a group of ONS members who reside in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and volunteer their time and expertise to help support the ONS health policy and advocacy associates at Drinker Biddle and Reith (DBR), the ONS government relations firm. The Capitol Gang has been doing this work since 2003. Leslie Greenberg, RN, MSN, OCN®, is the ONS Health Policy manager.

Each year, the members receive an orientation to the ONS health policy and advocacy agenda at a meeting with the DBR associates. Members are informed of any health policy and advocacy activities. When needed, they accompany the ONS health policy associates to meetings with members of the Congressand attend federal agency meetings, hearings, briefings, or conferences. We also participate in Capitol Hill lobby days organized by ONS. Last year, several of us met with congressional aides to inform the bill that ONS sponsored called “Assuring and Improving Cancer Treatment Education and Cancer Symptom Management Act of 2008.” As clinicians, we were able to give personal testimony to why sponsorship of this bill will provide better patient care.

I also participate in the quarterly ONS health policy liaison teleconferences during which the DBR staff update members on Congressional activities. Being a member of the Capitol Gang has been a wonderful experience because it has helped me keep abreast of legislative issues related to cancer and allows for direct contact with legislators.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Bridging the Gap Update

Margaret Rosenzweig, FNP-BC, AOCNP®
Pittsburgh, PA

An ONS project team of experienced oncology nurse practitioners (ONP) met on May 15–17, 2009, in Pittsburgh, PA, to develop a questionnaire to assess the educational needs of oncology NPs as they enter cancer care. The purposes of this study were to

  • Identify the specific skills and knowledge needed by the ONP on entry to cancer care
  • Describe any gap between academic preparation and needed skills and knowledge on entry to cancer care
  • Identify the source of education for the ONP on entry to cancer care
  • Describe impact of ONP knowledge deficits on patient care outcomes
  • Describe impact of ONP knowledge deficits on first position retention.

The questionnaire consisted of 28 items, 7 items assessing clinical and professional educational preparedness and 4 items assessing patient and professional outcomes of identified educational deficits, 17 demographic. The questionnaire was randomly distributed from June 22, through July 27, 2009 via electronic survey to 610 self-described ONP in the ONS database. One-hundred ten members responded. Full details of the survey results were slated for presentation at a poster session at the Advanced Practice Nursing Conference in Tampa, FL, in November, 2009.

Identifying learning needs and patient and professional outcomes from educational deficits at entry to oncology practice will inform nurse practitioner curriculum, supervising physician training, cancer care orientation programs, and continuing education offerings.

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

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Special Interest Group Newsletter  December 2009

Nurse Practitioner SIG Officers

Coordinator (2007-2010)
Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, CRNP, AOCNP®
Baltimore, MD

Megan Wholey, RNC, AOCNP®
Arlington, VA
Web Page Administrator
Jennifer Wulff, RN, MN, ARNP, AOCNP®
Lynwood, WA


Legislative Issues
Wendy H. Vogel, RN, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®
Bristol, TN

Barbara Biedrzycki, RN, MSN, CRNP, AOCNP®

ONS Copy Editor
Alexis Yakemovic, BA
Pittsburgh, PA

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