Oncology Nursing

How to Become an Oncology Nurse

Oncology nurses provide care for patients who either have cancer or are at risk of developing it. For cancer patients who are critically and chronically ill, these types of nurses monitor their physical conditions and symptoms, create management strategies and prescribe medication, and administer treatments such as chemotherapy. For patients at risk of developing cancer, they provide counseling services in cancer prevention, screening and detection. Advanced practice oncology nurses not only serve patients as caregivers but educators, consultants and researchers.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK AS AN RN FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR, INCLUDING 1,000 HOURS IN ONCOLOGY
  • EARN YOUR ONCOLOGY NURSE CERTIFICATION THROUGH THE ONCOLOGY NURSING CERTIFICATION CORPORATION
  • BECOME AN OCN

 

 

$45,000 - $55,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Create management strategies
  • Cancer prevention counseling
  • Maintain health records

Education Requirements

BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Outpatient care facilities

Certification

RN, Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)