Moffitt Cancer Center utilizes Advanced Practice Professionals to assist in the delivery of healthcare to our patients. They are key members of the treatment team at Moffitt. They include Physician Assistants, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Radiology Assistants and Anesthesiologist Assistants.
Physician Assistant (PA)
Physician Assistants work in clinics, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. They diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgeries, perform physical examinations and procedures, make rounds, and provide counseling and patient education. PAs are graduates of accredited PA educational programs and are state-licensed and nationally certified to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician, according to the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
An Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner assesses patients, makes diagnoses, orders and interprets diagnostic tests, and initiates and manages treatment plans, including prescribing medication, according to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Typically ARNPs specialize in a specific area of nursing, and their advanced duties are performed with the supervision of a physician, who does not always need to be present for those duties that are outlined in a protocol agreement between the ARNP and physician.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at Moffitt Cancer Center provide anesthesia services in collaboration with anesthesiologists using a team care approach. CRNAs hold a master’s degree from an accredited anesthesia educational program, hold a current license as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and pass a national certification examination before the title of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is used. Our anesthesia team is dedicated to the Moffitt mission of “contributing to the prevention and cure of cancer.”
Registered Radiologist Assistant (RRA)
A Registered Radiologist Assistant (RRA) is an advanced level radiographer who has obtained a baccalaureate degree or higher. They are graduates of an accredited RA educational program, state licensed and nationally certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT). The RRA enhances patient care by extending the capacity of the radiologist. The RRA’s responsibilities vary based on experience. Most take a leading role in patient management and assessment by obtaining consents, performing diagnostic exams and certain invasive procedures, answering patient questions, and adapting exam protocols under the supervision of a radiologist. They may be responsible for evaluating image quality, making image observations and forwarding those observations to the supervising radiologist. Their supervising radiologist remains responsible for providing a final written report. RRAs are ACLS-trained to respond during contrast reactions and other emergent situations with life saving measures. Sources: American Registry of Radiologic Technologists®, American College of Radiology, and American Society of Radiologic Technologists®.
Anesthesiologist Assistants are highly trained healthcare professionals who work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists (doctors) and exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) to design and implement anesthesia care plans.
Under supervision, they operate anesthesia equipment, monitor patients, and assist in providing quality care. They may accompany the patient before, during and after anesthesia to ensure quality and continuity of care. In an emergency, Anesthesiology Assistants are trained to assist in life-saving measures, such as CPR and life support.