3. Expanding Roles of Oncology Nurses
Few professions hold such a wide variety of possible roles as the field of nursing. Oncology nurses are experiencing increased diversity in their roles and responsibilities. And this shows no signs of letting up.
More and more oncology nurses are using, doing, and leading research in their field. Nurse researchers are key members of their teams, working hard towards improved cancer treatments and patient outcomes. Reports show that many practices are bringing on advanced practice practitioners (APPs) and giving them greater responsibility, which streamlines workflow.3
Oncology nurses are also performing more invasive procedures that may not have been within their scope just decades ago. Nurses can advance their degrees by becoming nurse practitioners, specialized nurses, professional care navigators, or advanced practice nurses (APNs).2 As the landscape of healthcare evolves, there will be even more opportunities for oncology nurses.