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The Rich History of APSHO

Advanced practitioners (APs) in oncology have always sought knowledge and education to help them deliver the best care possible to their patients. But in years past, the only peer-reviewed journals they could look to get that information were those targeted toward oncology nurses or physicians. While these journals had plenty of relevant content, they didn’t provide education at the level APs required. And they didn’t address the special concerns that APs—whether NPs, PAs, CNSs, or others—wanted to hear about.

A new kind of journal

To try to address this need, in 2010, veteran oncology publisher Harborside Press launched the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, better known as JADPRO. Finally, oncology APs had a peer-reviewed journal that was written for and by advanced practitioners.

The reaction to JADPRO was overwhelming. Harborside heard from readers about how happy they were to have a publication that they felt was truly their own. They finally felt heard and appreciated.

Taking the show on the road

As an extension of the success of the journal, Harborside decided to take the education available in the print and digital pages and amplify it through a triple-accredited conference. And with that, JADPRO Live was launched. The sixth JADPRO Live annual conference, held in Seattle, WA in 2019 welcomed more than 1,500 attendees. 

Support in numbers

Working on a team is nothing new to APs in oncology. But while APs were veterans in terms of working with their colleagues, in the past it was often difficult to connect with like-minded APs from different organizations and practice types in order to share experiences and information.

It seemed like a natural extension to work with influential leaders in the field of oncology advanced practice to oversee the creation of APSHO: the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology.

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