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Advanced Practice

Graduate Nursing Education: Selecting the Right Program to Match Career Goals

Patricia J. Friend
CJON 2020, 24(6), 613-616 DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.613-616

Practicing nurses are returning to school to further their education. There is a growing demand for nurses with advanced degrees to meet the needs of an expanding population of patients living with cancer. However, there are many different graduate nursing degree and program options, and several considerations should be taken into account when selecting a degree and a school. Discerning career goals is key to making the best decisions.


  • Nurses are a vital part of the oncology careforce and are returning to school for graduate degrees.
  • There are a number of advanced degree options that prepare the oncology nurse for different roles.
  • It is vitally important to reflect on and discern short- and long-term career goals and align them with the best educational preparation. 

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