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Advanced Practice

Fellowship Programs: Reflections of an Advanced Practice Nurse Fellow

Amber Thomassen
CJON 2018, 22(4), 383-385 DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.383-385

Newly graduated advanced practice nurses (APNs) often accept positions equipped only with brief, limited training and are expected to primarily learn on the job. APN fellowship programs, such as the oncology fellowship program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) in Florida, may be a solution to this problem; they provide in-depth training to APNs, offer support through open communication with preceptors, grant APNs opportunities to develop skills and confidence, and allow APNs the time to earn the trust of others at the institution and take on additional responsibilities. This article discusses such programs and focuses on the author’s experiences as a fellow at SCCC.


  • APNs often lack the preparation and training to care for patients with specific, multifaceted needs.
  • APN fellowship programs provide training to newly graduated APNs and support them in specialty areas of practice.
  • Comprehensive training in specialty fields produces prepared, confident APNs and contributes to a healthy workplace culture.

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