New Society Launched for Advanced Practitioners in Hematology and Oncology

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Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CS, ANP, AOCNP®

Sandra E. Kurtin, RN, MS, AOCN®, ANP-C

Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®

The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) announced its launch as a new organization focused on meeting the unique educational and professional needs of the advanced practitioner in hematology and oncology.

The formation of the Society was made public on January 26, 2014, at the First Annual JADPRO LIVE meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. JADPRO is the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, published by Harborside Press.

Tailored to All Advanced Practitioners in Oncology

Advanced practitioners, as defined by the Society, include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, advanced degree nurses, and pharmacists. Nearly all of the attendees at the JADPRO LIVE conference registered to become Charter Members of APSHO. Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CS, ANP, AOCNP®, Editor-in-Chief of JADPRO and a Founding Member of APSHO, said “JADPRO has brought the advanced practitioner relevant and practice-changing clinical updates since 2010. With the inception of APSHO, we look forward to doing even more to support the advanced practitioner audience and to provide a level of educational opportunities targeted to stimulate and add to our clinical and practical knowledge base.”

Sandra E. Kurtin, RN, MS, AOCN®, ANP-C, another Founding Member of APSHO, announced that the mission of the Society is “to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer by supporting critical issues in educational, clinical, and professional development for advanced practitioners in oncology.” The Society also will serve to promote collaboration among the oncology team of providers, and to seek continued means for improving the quality of care delivered to patients with cancer.

Founding Member Wendy H. Vogel, MSN, FNP, AOCNP®, noted that one of the core values of the Society will be collaboration. “An interdisciplinary team approach to cancer treatment offers the best hope for our patients’ cure, quality of life, and survivorship,” she said.

APSHO’s Peer-Reviewed Journal

The Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology is the official journal of the new Society. Anthony Cutrone, President of Harborside Press, said, “Over the past 5 years of publishing JADPRO, we have had opportunities to meet some incredibly passionate advanced practitioners who are committed to furthering objectives of the advanced practitioner population. The feedback we’ve received has confirmed that the journal is meeting its editorial mission, and we have no doubt that the Society will do the same.”

Conor Lynch, Executive Vice-President of Harborside Press, added, “Advanced practitioners in hematology and oncology are a highly committed and necessary part of the health-care team. We are honored to have played a part in initiating this important Society and we look forward to seeing it grow.”

For More Information

APSHO will be releasing additional information shortly, including a call for members. To register or receive more information, visit or e-mail the Society at ■