Nurse practitioners (NPs) have been suggested as one possible solution to the predicted oncologist shortage. Although NPs are in a unique position to positively affect the care of patients with hematologic malignancies who are hospitalized, little information exists regarding the inpatient role of the NP in hematology and oncology. The purpose of this article is to describe the successful implementation and evolution of a highly functioning inpatient malignant hematology NP service.
At a Glance
- Inpatient nurse practitioner (NP) specialty teams may help to alleviate the anticipated oncologist shortage.
- Formal and on-the-job training for hematologic malignancies allow NPs to deliver safe, high-quality care to patients with complex medical and psychosocial needs.
- NPs are in an ideal position to affect the management of side effects and complications related to cancer and its treatment.