The Emerging Role of the Oncology Nurse Practitioner: A Collaborative Model Within the Private Practice Setting

Nancy Jo Bush

Tammy Watters

nurse practitioner, interprofessional collaboration

Purpose/Objectives: To describe the development of the role of an oncology nurse practitioner (ONP) in a private practice.

Data Sources: Articles, book chapters, and personal experience.

Data Synthesis: Successful role implementation will be facilitated by using a collaborative model supported by a shared philosophy of practice, written agreements delineating shared responsibilities and accountability, incorporation of the role into day-to-day practice, and regular evaluation and readjustment of goals.

Conclusions: As oncology care has transitioned to outpatient settings, the role of the ONP can effectively meet both the medical and nursing needs of patients. A collaborative practice model can provide the framework for the physician-nurse professional relationship to ensure a higher level of patient care within the private practice selting.

Implications for Nursing Practice: The shift of health care to outpatient and private practice settings and the increased availability and use of ONPs mandates a systematic understanding of the process of ONP role development.

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