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Healthcare In Five: Oncology Registered Nurse

Oncology registered nurses play an important role in the treatment and care of patients battling cancer. Oncology nurses work closely with patients, their families, and providers to not only administer clinical services but support, strong emotional and communication as patients and their families navigate the oncology process.

Continue reading to learn more about the oncology nurse field.

 

What is an Oncology Registered Nurse?

Oncology registered nurses are specialized nursing professionals who work alongside specialists, physicians, and other oncology nurses to care for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer.

 

What does an Oncology Nurse do?

Oncology nurses provide care to patients with cancer. Oncology RNs work closely with patients throughout their time battling cancer, including during the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery stages. Alongside clinician responsibilities, oncology nurses must have strong communication skills and a compassionate approach to care throughout their time working with patients. Some common job description tasks expected of oncology nurses include:

  • Monitoring patient vital signs
  • Coordinating care and treatment plans with physicians and specialists
  • Communicating treatment and care processes to the patient and their families
  • Updating and recording patient records
  • Administering treatments and other medications

 

Where do Oncology Registered Nurses work?

Oncology registered nurses primarily work within oncology units. The locations of oncology centers can vary, with many being located inside hospitals or large clinic settings, while others may be found in private offices or specialist care centers. In some cases, oncology nurses can also work in outpatient service centers such as hospice or other similar care facilities.

 

How do you become an Oncology Nurse?

The pathway to becoming an oncology nurse includes multiple years of academic and professional experience. Most oncology nurses go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, secure licensure as a registered nurse, and then work as a registered nurse prior to pursuing an oncology nurse position. In some cases, work experience combined with professional certification can help to boost an RNs chance of becoming an oncology nurse. Find the common career path below:

  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Receive NCLEX-RN licensure
  • Gain hands-on experience (1-5 years)
  • OPTIONAL: Pursue professional certification

 

Career outlook for Oncology Nurses?

As cancer continues to affect the lives of millions across the United States, the demand for oncology nurses to administer care and treatment to these patients will be needed. Within the profession, oncology nurses can go on to pursue administrative/supervisory roles within the oncology nursing discipline.

The University of Providence’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program lineup can help you take the first step toward a rewarding career as a registered nurse. From our traditional 4-year program for recent high-school graduates and transfers to our accelerated 12-month program for second-degree bachelor degree holders, our mission-focused curriculum will prepare you to deliver quality, patient-centered care.

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