Nurse practitioners are licensed health care professionals who have obtained a master’s degree in nursing. Many continue to pursue advanced education and training. Nurse practitioners work under the direct supervision of a physician and are able to prescribe medication, order diagnostic testing, provide diagnoses, manage cancer symptoms and implement various facets of a cancer treatment plan. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), nurse practitioners are part of a dedicated team of cancer experts who communicate daily and work together to provide you with personalized care.
At CTCA®, our nurse practitioners are professional clinicians who are responsible for providing patient-focused health care. Our nurse practitioners are trained and educated in clinical techniques such as health assessments, patient communication and problem solving. They work with an integrative team of doctors and clinicians to meet the needs of cancer patients—before, during and after treatment. Our nurse practitioners help patients advocate for their care. They may also treat medical issues unrelated to cancer, such as diabetes or hypertension.
CTCA nurse practitioners are certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Many of our nurse practitioners have earned additional certifications in sub-specialties. At CTCA, nurse practitioners work in many clinical areas, including surgical oncology, medical oncology, pain management, internal medicine, critical care and the Quality of Life clinic.
Together with members of the wider care team, nurse practitioners educate and empower patients to play a key role in their health care decisions. Our five state-of-the-art cancer hospitals deliver integrative, comprehensive cancer care, with patients receiving all treatments, diagnostics and other procedures under one roof.