UND nursing professor only advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner in North Dakota

Jackie Roberts, co-director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing, has been certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). This is in addition to Roberts’ certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Roberts is one of 409 certified AOCNP nurses internationally and is the only one in North Dakota.

Nursing certification is the process by which a nongovernmental agency validates, based upon predetermined standards, an individual registered nurse's qualification and knowledge of practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing.

“Jackie is on the ground floor of advancing cancer care and it is wonderful to have her on our faculty at UND,” said Liz Tyree, Roberts’ co-director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. “Our students are given a tremendous opportunity to learn from Jackie.”

The purposes of nursing certification are to assure the public that the certified nurse has completed all eligibility criteria to earn a specific credential, and to promote the development of specialty areas of nursing by establishing minimal competency standards and recognizing those who have met those standards.

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is a non-profit organization that develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. ONCC was incorporated in 1984 and is governed by a Board of Directors, who represent various levels of certification in oncology nursing and the public at large.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization in the United States. ANCC's Certification Program validates nurses' skills, knowledge, and abilities. ANCC board certification empowers nurses within their professional sphere of activity and contributes to better patient outcome. More than a quarter million nurses have been certified by ANCC since 1990. More than 75,000 advanced practice nurses are currently certified by ANCC.

The UND College of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs, from a baccalaureate nursing program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to master's education with six specializations and a doctoral program that prepares nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty. The Department of Nutrition and
Dietetics prepares students for roles in community nutrition or dietetics and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.