Hematology Nursing

The Path to Becoming a Hematology Nurse

Hematology nurses are specially trained to care for patients with blood diseases or disorders, such as hemophilia, lymphoma and leukemia. They may also assist with blood transfusions, blood tests, research and chemotherapy. Hematology nurses initiate the plan of care and treatment needed to manage the symptoms of such disorders. Hematology nursing often goes hand-in-hand with oncology nursing, since many blood disorders are cancer-related. Advanced practice hematology nurses are able to prescribe drugs and order diagnostic lab work done, and many serve as educators for other nurses.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GAIN CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IN HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY
  • EARN YOUR OCN OR CPHON CERTIFICATION

$59,000 - $86,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Taking medical histories
  • Performing examinations
  • Interpreting diagnostic blood tests
  • Starting IVs
  • Educating patients and families on care procedures

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Cancer treatment centers
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Outpatient clinics

Certification

Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN), Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON) for pediatrics