A new kind of journal
In 2010, Harborside Press launched the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, better known as JADPRO. The goal of the journal was to fill a content gap that existed for a growing number of healthcare providers—nurse practitioners, physician assistants,
clinical nurse specialists, advanced degree nurses, and pharmacists. Finally, this group had a peer-reviewed journal that met their specific clinical, professional, and educational needs. The reaction to JADPRO was overwhelming. JADPRO became a must-read for this group of advanced practitioners caring for patients with cancer.
Taking the show on the road
The success of the journal encouraged its creators to produce a live event. In 2014, Harborside brought the collaborative format found in the journal to a room filled with more than 250 advanced practitioners (APs). This triple-accredited conference, known as JADPRO Live, now welcomes more than 1,300 attendees to a four-day event of education, hands-on skills, research presentations, networking opportunities, and professional development.
A new society is born
Working on a diverse care team is nothing new to APs in oncology. But outside of the hospital, clinic, or comprehensive care center, oncology APs had no place to connect with their multidisciplinary colleagues, and no way to share the clinical knowledge, best practices, and hard-won experiences that would improve their patients' outcomes. The leaders in the advanced practice field wanted to create an organization that would bring these diverse professions together in the spirit of collaboration. In the Fall of 2014, the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology, or APSHO, formed as a society that now boasts over 4,000 members.
It is hard to overstate the impact that Mary had on the formation of JADPRO, which ultimately launched JADPRO Live, and which ultimately launched APSHO. It's quite a legacy. And it's our honor to recognize that same spirit and dedication in her advanced practice colleagues who continue the fight against cancer.
Pamela Hallquist Viale, RN, MS, CNS, ANP
Founding President of the Board of Directors, APSHO