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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 nursing often goes together with oncology nursing, since many blood disorders are cancer related.

Preparation Path

Attain a BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Gain clinical experience in hematology/oncology

Earn OCN or CPHON certification

Typical Tasks

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

Employment Settings

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

Annual Salary Range

$70,413 – $88,060


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

Education Requirements


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Interested in taking the first step toward a career in hematology nursing?