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Nurse practitioners (NPs) play an increasingly important role in diagnosing and treating patients with cancer. If you are an NP who is passionate about evidence-based medical, radiation and surgical oncology and who would like to engage with fellow NPs who share an interest in this vital specialty, the Oncology Specialty Practice Group (SPG) is an excellent resource for you. This AANP Community offers a unique opportunity to interactively collaborate with colleagues who share your interests and clinical expertise. As an SPG member, you’ll have access to a cutting-edge, online forum where you can engage in discussions, document sharing and knowledge exchange with your fellow NPs. Come learn, share and help progress the development of theory and practice in oncology.
Dr. Kristi Adams Acker is ACCN certified as a family nurse practitioner and holds specialty certifications in both oncology (AOCNP®) and hospice and palliative advanced practice nursing (ACHPN®). She has extensive training in leading difficult patient and caregiver conversations and has completed the American Cancer Society’s VitalTalk® workshop, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Train-the-Trainer program on shared-decision making and the core ELNEC Train-the-Trainer curriculum. She was a Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) approved educator.
Acker has extensive clinical experience in palliative care, hematology and oncology, working in community oncology since 1993. She maintains her clinical practice with Oncology Associates of West Alabama, providing outpatient oncology services at the Manderson Cancer Center at DCH (Fayette, Alabama, campus). Although she has devoted her advanced practice career to oncology, Acker has maintained a commitment to advancing palliative care, not only at end of life, but for all patients dealing with serious illnesses. On a state level, Acker was appointed by the Alabama Medical Director to serve on the State Advisory Council on Palliative Care and Quality of Life and is currently chairing the council. In 2020, Acker was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Katie Kemble developed a replicable model of a cancer survivorship program and a cancer survivorship rehabilitation program. She co-founded the EASE Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting cancer survivors. Kemble developed a rural health clinical training program, recruited preceptors and implemented a quality improvement mechanism through doctoral projects. In 2018, she was a finalist for the Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology, Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology. In 2012, she was awarded North Central Washington Nurse of the Year for Advancing and Leading the Profession.
Join this vital new SPG community and engage with other like-minded NPs who share an interest in oncology. Take part in interactive discussion and debate, gain support and explore Q&As and always be on top of the latest available news, education and information.