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Patient Load for Advanced Practice Provider

  • 1.  Patient Load for Advanced Practice Provider

    Posted 09-05-2019 17:21
    ​Looking to see if anyone has any information on number of patients an advanced practice provider in an oncology setting can see during a day/week in office. I heard of an article in ONS Voice 2018 but have been unable to locate. If anyone has any resources, articles, or want to share experience I would appreciate it.

    Thank you,

    Krystal Ramsey RN
    Murphysboro IL

  • 2.  RE: Patient Load for Advanced Practice Provider

    Posted 09-09-2019 09:52
    Hi. Could it be one of these three? The first one is actually a 2018 CJON article but referenced by ONS Voice.

    Member Input: The Challenge of Staffing in Ambulatory Infusion Settings -- includes sections "Patient Acuity" (with "Some respondents reported, on average, how many patients they cared for at a time and throughout the course of a shift. What is striking is the range in volume at some centers with fewer than 20 patients to those with 200 patients per day, including some patients on phase 1 or 2 clinical trials, which require more time for patient care.") and "Nurses' Responsibilities and Workload" (with "Overall, the common ratio mentioned in discussions was 1 nurse to 3 or 4 patients concurrently, with a total of 8–10 patients throughout the day. However, some nurses noted having to care for more patients concurrently because of the volume.")

    What ONS Does When the Question Can't Be Answered Definitively -- includes "Answering the question is not as easy as giving a nurse-to-patient ratio, and the answers that many of you have shared illustrate the different variables that go into determining staffing and assignments."

    What Is ONS's Perspective on the Ambulatory Staffing Dilemma? -- includes "the availability of educational and practical support (e.g., advanced practice nurses and manager support) contributes to a perception of staffing adequacy."

    Mark Vrabel
    Oncology Nursing Society
    Pittsburgh PA