Advanced Practice Provider

Stephenson Cancer Center

POSITION INFORMATION: An Advanced Practice Provider (APP) functions as an independent healthcare provider working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary health team to provide comprehensive care to patients in a dual role of outpatient and/or inpatient setting. Responsible for assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, education, health promotion and care coordination for patients and families with acute and chronic health needs. Works with administrative, nursing, physician, and university faculty to assure safe, effective, quality patient care and to promote OU Health’s educational and research missions. Provides care within their scope of practice as outlined by applicable state law, licensing, regulations, and institutional policy and practice agreements.


  1. Clinical. Performs history and physical assessments of patients that are accurate, complete, concise, relevant and appropriate for age, gender and clinical problem. Orders appropriate diagnostic studies and correctly interprets the results. Develops, implements, evaluates, and alters the plan of care as needed. Maintains accurate, complete, concise and timely documentation in the electronic medical record.
  2. Patient Care. Provides care that is patient and family centered, compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness and treatment of disease throughout the lifespan. Facilitates consistent, coordinated care and clear communication among all members of the healthcare team. Incorporates the patient and family in care planning and treatment across settings. Considers cost effectiveness and risk/benefit analysis when making decisions about patient care. Uses evidenced-based medicine to systematically analyze and improve patient care practices. Develops, evaluates, and implements standards of care within area of specialization (policies, protocols, etc.).
  3. Research. Participates in research opportunities to advance the care and treatment of patients.
  4. Communication. Communicates and collaborates effectively with physicians, other health professionals and health related agencies. Counsels and educates patients and families. Serves as an advocate for patients and families in navigating the health care system.
  5. Education. Participates in education of students and other health care professionals. Educate on appropriate utilization of APPs in and across the system. Participates in organizational and departmental meetings, educational opportunities, committees and workgroups as necessary. Participates in quality initiative/performance activities. Promote interdisciplinary practice and implement strategies to overcome barriers to collaboration.
  6. As Needed. Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.


  • Nurse Practitioner – Master’s Degree from accredited Nursing Program OR
  • Physician Assistant – Master’s Degree from accredited PA Program OR
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist – Master’s Degree from accredited Nursing Program

Certifications/Licenses Needed:

Nurse Practitioner:

  • Active RN and APNP license in State of Oklahoma AND
  • Active board certification Nurse Practitioner

Physician Assistant:

  • Active PA license in State of Oklahoma AND
  • Active PA board certification

Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Active RN and CNS license in State of Oklahoma AND
  • Active Board Certification Clinical Nurse Specialist

Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants must have obtained the required licensure from the State of Oklahoma within 30 days of the offer of employment.

All Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant applicants must have:

  • Active DEA license or ability to apply for such license prior to or upon hire
  • CPR certification and Advanced Life Support certifications if relevant to practice area (ACLS, PALS, NRP). Obtain within 90 days of employment in this position


  • Demonstrates knowledge of etiologies, risk factors, pathophysiology, presentation and epidemiology of medical conditions.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of clinical expertise in working with patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Demonstrates proficiency in procedural skills pertinent to practice area.
  • Demonstrates an advanced level of medical/nursing clinical knowledge, communication and interdisciplinary collaboration, professionalism and systems-based practice.
  • Demonstrates the highest level of accountability for professional practice.
  • Knowledge of the indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions and adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents and other relevant treatment modalities manages general medical and surgical conditions.
  • Ability to follow ethical principles regarding patient confidentiality, informed consent and unanticipated adverse outcomes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Communicates effectively with patients and families, incorporating gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities and sexual orientation.
  • Utilizes critical thinking to synthesize and analyze collected data.
  • Demonstrates insight into own strengths, limitations and knowledge deficits.
  • Demonstrates initiative to meet identified learning needs using multiple resources.
  • Actively participates in self-evaluation by seeking and utilizing guidance and constructive feedback in a professional manner.
  • Continuously seeks opportunities for clinical advancement and knowledge and skill attainment.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Promotes mutual respect and trust working within a team model.
  • Ability to work with patients and families when a situation is emotional and intense.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to be flexible, resilient and change oriented.