Oncology Nursing Career
Oncology Nursing: Oncology Nurses are qualified registered nurses who provide healthcare for patients with cancer. Oncology Nurses assist the oncologist/radiologist with the administration of radiation and chemotherapy. The Oncology Nurse will also provide follow up monitoring and support for patients after treatment. The main duties of an Oncology Nurse include:
- Providing healthcare to patients with cancer.
- Assisting with the administration of radiation and chemotherapy.
- Monitoring patients before, during and after the treatment is administered.
- Updating patients medical records.
- Educating the public on the risks of developing cancer.
- Providing assistance to those surviving cancer.
Where they work: Oncology Nurses work in many health care settings where patients receive counseling, education, screening, detection and healthcare in relation to cancer. This includes hospitals, hospices, clinics and community care settings.
Qualifications: Certification provides validation of your skills and displays dedication and commitment to your career as an Oncology Nurse. The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) offers four certification examinations for registered nurses, all are accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
- Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)
- Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON)
- Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP)
- Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS).
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Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: