Dear Nurse Beth,
I've been working on a oncology floor for about 8 months. I've discovered at this time, emotionally it is not a good fit for me so I am looking to move on to something else. I've yet to be chemo certified and wouldn't even begin that process until September or October. I've been told by a family member who is in management (in business) that I should stick it out and get the certification because it would look good on my resume. What is your opinion on this? Is it really something that would improve my resume despite the fact that it wouldn't be put to use?
Dear Chemo is Not a Good Fit,
With all due respect to your family member, it is not the best use of your efforts to become certified in a specialty you don’t love.
The Chemo Certification exam is difficult, and then you have to maintain clinical hours (stay in the specialty), or you’ll lose the certification.
As far as an employer being impressed with a Chemo Certification- yes, if you were applying to an oncology area. Otherwise, not so much.
It’s time to branch out and find your nursing niche. That’s the beauty of nursing, there are so many opportunities. From there, pursue further education and certifications as feels right for you.
When it’s the right thing for you, you’ll enjoy your work and find your emotional fit.
Readers, do you think it’s wise for the OP to get her/his Chemo Certification? or just move on?