Establishing an Advanced Practice Nursing Clinic in the Cancer Setting

Blakely K, Cope DG.


OBJECTIVES: To explore the roles of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), specifically the Nurse Practitioner (NP) in oncology and the issues, resources, and planning involved in establishing an NP clinic in the cancer setting.

DATA SOURCES: Published peer reviewed literature, web-based resources, andcancer-related professional resources.

CONCLUSION: The number ofcancer patients is increasing and demands for oncology services are rising. With a shortage of oncologists projected over the next decade, the oncology NP can play a key role in providing oncology services across the cancer continuum.


Oncology APNs in the role of Nurse Practitioner (NP) can facilitate and enhance the delivery of oncology care. Traditional and innovative opportunities exist for the NP including the establishment of a NP clinic in the cancer setting; ultimately providing needed oncology services and quality care for patients with cancer.

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Interprofessional Clinical Rounding: Effects on Processes and Outcomes of Care

Ashcraft S, Bordelon C, Fells S, George V, Thombley K,Shirey MR.


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Communication breakdown is viewed as a significant contributor to preventable patient harm. Interprofessional rounding (IPR) is one method of communication supporting the evidenced-based care delivery. The purpose of this paper is to explore the benefits of IPR for patients, clinicians, and the healthcare system.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE: Interprofessional rounding supports collaboration, discussion, and timely intervention to prevent miscommunication leading to adverse patient events. Adherence to evidence-based care suggests a positive impact on patient, process, and financial outcomes. Statistically significant IPR-related improvements are seen in reducing mortality, lengths of stay, medication errors, and hospitalization costs as well as improved staff and patient satisfaction.

EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES: One IPR-related gap in the literature is integrative care delivery, a strategy that provides a unified plan to meet the complex needs of patients and produce optimal outcomes. Activation and standardization with active participation in IPR support a collaborative integration of care.

CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS: Embracing IPR and advocating for collaboration across the care continuum is a crucial process in preventing adverse events. Integrated care delivery through IPR provides a unified plan to meet the complex needs of patients, prevent harm, and produce best possible outcomes.

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Leadership Transitions and the First 90 Days

Shirey M


This department highlights change management strategies that may be successful in strategically planning and executing organizational change initiatives. In this article, the author discusses leadership role transitions and provides a framework for successfully navigating the crucial 1st 90 days in an executive leadership role.

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Journey Toward Editorial Leadership

Shirey MR.

No abstract available.

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