APSHO to Hold Skills Workshops for Advanced Practitioners in Oncology

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The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology ­(APSHPO) has announced a series of workshops to be held in cities nationwide during 2016. APSHO, a nonprofit membership organization consisting of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, clinical nurse specialists, and advanced practice nurses, all working in oncology, was started in January 2014 and has held annual conferences known as JADPRO Live at APSHO. (JADPRO is the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology.) Past JADPRO Live at APSHO conferences have delivered an abundance of education over the course of one long weekend. A preconference Hands-On Skills Workshop has been a particular highlight, where workshop attendees are able to learn from the experts.

Inspired by the success of those workshops, APSHO is offering similar 1-day regional, accredited, educational meetings on specific hematology/oncology topics to bring important content to different areas of the United States.

20 Workshops in 2016

In partnership with various local universities and hospitals and with the guidance of program chairs Sandra E. Kurtin, RN, MS, AOCN®, ANP-C, of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, and Beth Eaby Sandy, MSN, CRNP, OCN®, of the Abramson Cancer Center, ­APSHO has put together a robust educational program to be executed in several cities around the United States: Memphis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Seattle, Louisville, and other locations. Each of the 20 workshops planned for 2016 will focus on either collaborative practice in the management of patients with hematologic malignancies—specifically multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia—or non–small cell lung cancer.

Workshop Agenda

For each workshop in the series, the first part of the day will feature expert faculty members leading a case-based discussion of the current treatment approaches for the disease state, with a focus on collaborative practice. Faculty members will use carefully selected, challenging case studies to illuminate the elements of patient care and the role of the advanced practitioner.

Both workshops feature a skills-building portion of the day. At the hematology workshops, faculty members will instruct learners in the particulars of bone marrow biopsy best practices. Using high-quality simulation materials, attendees will have ample time to practice their newly learned (or refreshed) skills. For the lung cancer workshops, the second part of the day will feature an imaging studies primer: interpreting chest x-rays as well as MRI, CT, and PET scans in the patient population.

Registration is free for APSHO members. See for more information.

Earning Credits

Attendees will be able to earn credit after they attend the workshop, complete a post-test, and submit an evaluation. Learners can earn 6 credits/contact hours for the hematology programs and 3.5 credits/contact hours for the lung cancer program.

Visit to learn more about the Skills Workshops, including topics, dates, and locations for the remainder of 2016, or contact the Skills Workshops coordinator, Annamarie Luccarelli at or 609-832-3000. ■