Advanced Practice Providers in the Oncologic Intensive Care Unit

  • Ninotchka BrydgesEmail author
  • Tiffany Mundie
  • Garry Brydges
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In most organizations, health-care workforce is comprised of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants, which they are collectively called as advanced practice providers (APPs). APPs can provide care in various settings depending on their education, training, and population focus. The role of APPs was originally intended to address access to primary care in underserved areas and eventually extended to the critical care environment. In critical care, APP is proven to be beneficial in providing safe and effective care especially in oncological intensive care environment. In order for the APP to establish clinical practice, essential standardized processes must be attained. Credentialing and privileging are standardized processes ensuring that APPs have the necessary qualifications to provide direct safe patient clinical care. These processes will provide the highest level of reliability that the APP is providing safe competent care.


Nurse practitioners Advanced practice provider Acute care setting Acute care nurse practitioner APP role Physician assistants Credentialing Privileging Critical care Oncologic ICU Intensive care unit Intubation Invasive procedures Multidisciplinary team 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ninotchka Brydges
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tiffany Mundie
    • 1
  • Garry Brydges
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Critical Care and Respiratory CareThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Anesthesiology – CRNA SupportThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Department of AnesthesiologyThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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