Objective. To describe the advanced practice clinician (APC) membership of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP).
Materials and Methods. Members of the APC Task Force designed a 34-question survey and sent it by electronic mail to 270 APC ASCCP members in the fall of 2006. The survey assessed demographics, preparation for colposcopy practice, current practice environment, and educational needs. Descriptive statistics evaluate findings.
Results. Response to the electronic membership survey was 28%. Most responders are master's degree prepared nurse practitioners specializing in women's health with 6 to 10 years of experience practicing colposcopy. Several members identified a desire to precept new learners, but some practice environments are perceived as limiting. Respondents express support for the ASCCP Mentorship Program and need ongoing continuing education in the management of lower genital tract disease.
Conclusions. The APC membership of ASCCP represents a growing constituency within the organization. Advanced practice clinician members are dedicated learners who value ASCCP's educational offerings and aspire to participate more actively in the organization. Through their educational preparation and demonstration of competency, APCs are determined to learn new and complex skills that will contribute to best practices and evidence-based care. Advanced practice clinicians actively engage in the education of others learning colposcopy and related skills. Building on the groundwork of early pioneer nurse colposcopists, APCs have affirmed their role in the care of individuals with lower genital tract disease.