ONS, ASH, and APAO to Develop Post-Master’s Foundation in Hematology Course for the Advanced Practice Provider

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), American Society of Hematology (ASH), and Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO) have agreed to collaborate on the development of a post-master’s foundation in hematology course for the advanced practice provider. The course is expected to officially launch in summer 2015.

The partnership provides access to hematology experts who will create a comprehensive course, and meets the shared educational and organizational needs of ONS, ASH, and APAO.

ONS will provide continuing nursing education and host the course on its learning management and evaluation systems. ASH and APAO will serve as co-providers, with ASH providing continuing medical education for the course.

All three organizations will collaborate in designing the course, developing its educational content, and distributing it to their customers.

“Mid-level practitioners are vital to today’s healthcare team,” said Paula Rieger, RN, MSN, CAE, FAAN, ONS chief executive officer. “We are pleased to announce this partnership that will build on the work each organization has done in preparing the workforce of the future.” 

“Advanced practice providers are critical to the delivery of high-quality care to patients with blood disorders,” said ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota. “ASH is pleased to partner with ONS and APAO on this state-of-the-art course designed specifically for these integral members of the hematology team.”

APAO President Evgeny Mikler, PA-C, states, "This is a great opportunity to provide collaborative educational programs for advanced practice providers and promote team-based care."

This joint product will enhance other ONS resources for advanced practice providers, including its successful Post-Master’s Foundation in Cancer Care for the Advanced Practice Provider Online Course. This course gives practitioners who are new to oncology the core content they need to provide evidence-based care to patients with cancer. The course has been used as the didactic component to the practical experience offered in fellowship and orientation programs.

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About ASH

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy. The official journal of ASH is Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.

About APAO

APAO is a non-profit specialty organization affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. APAO membership is comprised of physician assistants working in the field of oncology, in both the clinical and research setting. The mission of APAO is to promote the utilization of physician assistants in the delivery of exceptional care to people with cancer and related disorders.

About ONS

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.

ONS is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) and by the California Board of Registered Nursing-BRN Provider No. 2850. Accreditation as an ANCC provider refers only to its continuing education activities and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products.