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advanced practice nurse (ad-VANST PRAK-tis …)

A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat
disease. Advanced practice nurses are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing
organizations. In cancer care, an advanced practice nurse may manage the primary care of patients
and their families, based on a practice agreement with a doctor. Also called APN, NP, and nurse
practitioner.

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