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The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting. Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CS, ANP, AOCNP Oncology Nurse Practitioner Camino Medical Group Assistant Clinical Faculty, UCSF Dept of Physiological Nursing. Specialty Nurse Practitioners.

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the role of the nurse practitioner in an ambulatory oncology setting

The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting

Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CS, ANP, AOCNP

Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Camino Medical Group

Assistant Clinical Faculty, UCSF

Dept of Physiological Nursing

specialty nurse practitioners
Specialty Nurse Practitioners
  • An idea that is starting to change practice
  • NP’s firmly established in primary care and women’s health; specialty NP’s have grown in numbers over the last ten years
  • Many NPs are adult or family NPs; once trained they get additional training in specialty areas
  • There are 23 specialty NP educational programs presently in the US

Young, T (2005). Utilizing oncology nurse practitioners: a model strategy. Community Oncology, 2, 218-224.

differences between np and physician s assistant
NP must be a nurse

Nursing model used as primary training; medical classes serve as adjunct

NPs are trained as specialists (adult, pediatrics, ect)

Nursing Board oversees NPs

NPs need to have a collaborating physician, but may practice independently

All NPs are at the Master’s level; as of 2015 this may change to doctorate level only

PA can come from many backgrounds

Medical model is used in PA training; trained in general medicine

State Board of Medical Licensure oversees PAs

All PAs must have an MD in a supervisory role

PA students have more hours of supervised clinical practice in training

PA can be at bachelor level; this will change to MS in 2006

Differences Between NP and Physician’s Assistant

Young, T (2005). Utilizing oncology nurse practitioners: a model strategy. Community Oncology, 2, 218-224.

prescriptive authority
Prescriptive Authority
  • In California, it is called “furnishing”
  • NPs are certified by all but six states to prescribe medications
  • In California, NPs now have the ability to write for Schedule II-V medications as of 2005
  • NPs are also certified by the ANCC and ONS (AOCNP)

Young, T (2005). Utilizing oncology nurse practitioners: a model strategy. Community Oncology, 2, 218-224.

frequently asked questions regarding np practice
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding NP Practice
  • Do my charts need to be signed by an MD? The nursing practice act does not require MD countersignature, but insurances may require it
  • How often do I update my standardized procedures? Frequently enough to ensure that patients are receiving appropriate care
  • Can an NP request and sign for drug samples? Yes
  • In my furnishing procedure, do I need to list the drugs and devices that can be furnished or may I use categories? The law requires the identification of the drugs and devices in standardized procedure or protocol. You may not use drug categories

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding NP practice (Revised 12/2004). Board of Registered Nursing, State of California

standardized procedures
Standardized Procedures
  • Standardized procedures are the legal mechanism for registered nurses, nurse practitioners to perform functions which would otherwise be considered the practice of medicine
  • Provides the system with satisfactory evidence that the nurse meets the experience, training, and/or education requirements to perform the functions

An explanation of standardized procedure requirements for nurse practitioner practice (12/1998).

Board of Registered Nursing

roles of oncology nurse practitioners
Roles of Oncology Nurse Practitioners
  • Practice Partner: private, academic, inpatient or outpatient
  • Administrative Partner: documentation and coding
  • Research Partner: enrolling patients, writing study protocols
  • Liaison: between nurses and physicians and patients and physicians
  • Triage Nurse: taking patient phone calls, seeing all walk-in patients, performing chair rounds in infusion room

Young, T (2005). Utilizing oncology nurse practitioners: a model strategy. Community Oncology, 2, 218-224.

example of np role in oncology ambulatory setting
Example of NP Role in Oncology Ambulatory Setting
  • See treatment patients while on chemotherapy; write orders for subsequent chemotherapy treatments
  • See walk-ins or sick calls
  • See stable follow-up cancer patients
example of an np role in the ambulatory setting
Example of an NP Role in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Does NOT write initial chemotherapy orders or change chemotherapy orders independently (except for those established by protocol: example AI’s)
  • Patients with urgent problems or who appear unstable reported to MD
common problems encountered in ambulatory practice
DVT

Herpes Zoster

CAP

Neutropenic Fever

HSR

Abscess

Diarrhea/Constipation

With standardized procedures/protocols, NP’s can manage these and like problems, bringing in the MD when appropriate

Common Problems Encountered in Ambulatory Practice
special skills onp s bring to oncology setting
Special Skills ONP’s Bring to Oncology Setting
  • Psychosocial Care
  • Patient Education
  • Performing Procedures

Young, T (2005). Utilizing oncology nurse practitioners: a model strategy. Community Oncology, 2, 218-224.