How Oncology Advanced Practitioners Can Enhance Community Oncology Research

Establishing and/or sustaining a research program requires engagement from the entire cancer care delivery team. Oncology advanced practitioners (AP), including NPs, CNSs, PAs, and pharmacists, are highly trained, skilled healthcare providers whose expertise could be further utilized to enhance accrual to and conduct of clinical trials. 

Tune in to a panel discussion around key results from a recent nationwide survey on the role of APs in cancer clinical research including current barriers to optimal care coordination and opportunities to maximize the involvement and impact of APs on the cancer research team. 

Speakers: 

  • Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, Clinical Coordinator, Hematology/Oncology, The University of Arizona Cancer Center; ACCC Immediate Past President 
  • Christa Braun-Inglis, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCN, Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Researcher, University of Hawai'i Cancer Center 
  • Laura Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Associate Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco 
  • Brianna Hoffner, MSN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, Director, Clinical Outreach and Development, Harborside 

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Christa Braun-Inglis, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCN

Nurse Practitioner/Assistant Researcher, University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, Clinical Faculty, University of Hawai'i School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene

Christa Braun-Inglis is Assistant Researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center and Clinical Faculty at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She is a board-certified oncology nurse practitioner. Ms. Braun-Inglis has more than 20 years of oncology nursing experience, with over 15 years as an oncology nurse practitioner. She has a wealth of clinical expertise and has been a huge proponent of cancer clinical trials in the community. Her interests include increasing advanced practice provider involvement in clinical trials, cancer care delivery, breast and GI cancers, as well as providing cancer care to the residents of Hawaiʻi.

Brianna Hoffner, MS, ANP-BC, AOCNP®

Director of Clinical Outreach and Development, Harborside

Brianna Hoffner, MSN, AOCNP®, RN, is the Lead Advanced Practice Provider for Medical Oncology at University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora. She provides clinical care to patients with advanced malignancies and research management for patients on clinical trials. Prior to joining the medical staff at University of Colorado Hospital she worked as the Supervisor of Clinical Research Operations at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute. There, Ms. Hoffner participated in clinical trials leading to the approval of pembrolizumab, nivolumab, trametinib, dabrafenib, T-VEC, and other melanoma therapies. She continues to work with these agents in her current clinical setting.

Ms. Hoffner received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Boston College and Masters of Science Nursing in Adult Oncology from Yale University. She has published in multiple prestigious journals including JAMA, Cancer, and Vaccine and has presented her work at numerous meetings including the Oncology Nursing Society, the Society for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer, and JADPRO Live at Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology. Her background in clinical research, immuno-oncology, and direct oncologic nursing care serve to strengthen her credentials for comprehensive care.

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP

Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology, The University of Arizona Cancer Center

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, is the Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center. Currently serving on the Board of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Dr. McBride also chairs the Awards Selection Committee as well as the Corporate Development Committee. In addition to being a long-time ACCC member, Dr. McBride has been actively involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA).

Dr. McBride has been working on oncology drug shortages and has testified on behalf of HOPA at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Shortage Workshop; presented on behalf of ACCC at the Washington, D.C., Congressional Session; and was an invited member of the ASHP Drug Shortage Stakeholders Meeting. Dr. McBride is also actively involved with biosimilar regulation and the pharmacoeconomic impact of biosimilars into the U.S. marketplace. He currently serves as a working group member for HOPA on its biosimilar committee. In addition, he serves on the National Quality Forum Cancer Standing Committee. He has published numerous articles on drug shortages, oral chemotherapy adherence, stem cell transplant, and biosimilar implementation into the U.S. healthcare market.

Laura Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN

Nurse Practitioner, University of California

Laura J. Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN, is the Lead Advanced Practice Provider and Nurse Practitioner for inpatient hematology/oncology at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Cancer Institute. Ms. Zitella received her Masters of Science and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois. She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse. Ms. Zitella leads an inpatient medical service of nurse practitioners responsible for the care of hospitalized patients with malignancies. She is actively involved in program development, evidence-based practice, electronic medical record and quality improvement initiatives at the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Stanford Center for Advanced Practice. She also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at the University of California San Francisco.

Ms. Zitella is a published author, presenter, and educator on various oncology topics, particularly hematologic malignancies, the administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy, and supportive care topics such as infection, anemia, and oncologic emergencies. She also is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Advanced Practitioner Society of Hematology and Oncology, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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