Oncology Nursing

Learn 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 also as educators, consultants, and researchers.

Preparation Path

  • Earn your BSN
  • Pass the 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

Annual Salary Range
$73,500 – 93,500

Typical Tasks

  • Creating management strategies
  • Provide cancer prevention counseling
  • Maintaining health records

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Outpatient care facilities


RN, Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)

Education Requirements


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