Nursing Services

Advanced Practice

Bernadette Bittner, AOCNP, CCRN

Advanced Practice
Nurse Manager

Advanced practice providers (APP) at Huntsman Cancer Institute include nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS), nurse anesthetists (CRNA), and physician assistants (PA). All nurses with a master of science degree and board certification are licensed by the State of Utah as advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). The roles of APRNs and PAs for patient care are very similar, but educational preparation and licensure varies.

An APRN has advanced education and clinical expertise. All APRNs are licensed and board-certified. These nurses can conduct health histories, physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications, and order and interpret diagnostic tests. APRNs work closely with physicians to develop treatment plans and provide preventive counseling and education to patients and their families. Quite often APRNs are also involved with clinical trials, staff development, and quality improvement programs.

Physician Assistants (PA)
PAs are board-certified medical practitioners who are licensed, or in the case of federal government employees, credentialed, to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs can also conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret laboratory tests, counsel on preventative health care, write prescriptions, assist in surgery, and perform some medical procedures within the scope of their practice. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

Bernadette Bittner, AOCNP, CCRN
Advanced Practice Nurse Manager


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