advanced practice nurse

Definition / meaning of advanced practice nurse

A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. Advanced practice nurses are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing organizations. In cancer care, an advanced practice nurse may manage the primary care of patients and their families, based on a practice agreement with a doctor. Also called APN, NP, and nurse practitioner.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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