The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology Reaches Milestone of 1,000 Members

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The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) Reaches Milestone of 1,000 Members

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“APSHO was formed just over 2 years ago with a simple mission in mind: To improve the quality of cancer care through collaboration.” “Welcoming our 1,000th advanced practitioner member signifies the steps we’re taking toward that goal,” Dr. Campen said.

The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) has reached a significant milestone—the Society is now 1,000 members strong.

To put this number into context, in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) State of Cancer Care in America: 2016 report, US practices employed a total of 5,419 advanced practice providers (3,913 nurse practitioners and 1,506 PAs).

Christopher J. Campen, PharmD, BCOP, Executive Vice President of APSHO’s Board of Directors and Board Liaison to the Membership Committee, expressed enthusiasm for the strides APSHO has made, “APSHO was formed just over 2 years ago with a simple mission in mind: To improve the quality of cancer care through collaboration.”

“Welcoming our 1,000th advanced practitioner member signifies the steps we’re taking toward that goal,” Dr. Campen said.

Currently, a workforce shortfall of oncologists and hematologists along with an increasing number of cancer survivors creates challenges in cancer care. Advanced practitioners (APs—nurse practitioners, PAs, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists and other oncology health-care providers) are uniquely positioned to address these issues and improve cancer care for patients by using a collaborative practice model.

“It’s thrilling to see APSHO’s membership base grow so substantially in such a short time,” said Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP, President of the Board of Directors for APSHO. “I think it reflects the need of advanced practitioners to have a truly relevant society that provides educational initiatives and support to the growing numbers of like-minded professionals working in oncology today.”

APSHO was one of the first professional societies to recognize the expanding contributions of the AP in the collaborative model of care and support APs’ professional development through a collection of online resources, live conferences, and its official journal, the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO).

The Society cultivates an online and in-person environment of collaboration and mutual support through networking platforms, learning resources, and career advice on APSHO.org and by planning live educational meetings around the nation. In collaboration with major cancer centers around the nation, APSHO is hosting Regional Lecture Series meetings in twenty cities around the country, and the annual JADPRO Live at APSHO conference provides opportunities for APs to learn and network through a variety of interactive educational sessions. In addition, the official journal of APSHO, the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO) is a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed clinical journal written exclusively by and for APs in oncology.

About APSHO
The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) is a society for advanced practitioners—nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other oncology health-care professionals. The mission of APSHO is to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer by supporting critical issues in educational, clinical, and professional development for advanced practitioners in hematology and oncology.

About JADPRO
The Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO) is the official journal of APSHO and is the only medical journal written by and for the advanced practitioner. JADPRO is a peer-reviewed journal and is indexed in PubMed.

About JADPRO Live at APSHO
JADPRO Live at APSHO is a medical conference inspired by the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. This year’s meeting will take place from November 3–6, 2016 at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.

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