I have been nurse for 4years, but my journey to hospital has been only a year on Med/surg oncology. I now decided to get my certification as oncology nurse. I take care of cancer patients on our floor but never gave chemotherapy. I just took basics cancer class this month and I will be taking chemo class next month. My question is do I need to wait another year before taking my test to be certified as oncology nurse? Also any advice in this new journey? Actually my passion was ICU, but I am having hard time get familiar with the cardiac rhythms, that's why I thought that ICU is not maybe for me and I decided to join oncology specialty. Thank you
This is the Oncology nursing forum, not Ask Nurse Beth, but here are the requirements for OCN:
Testing and Renewal | ONCC
You can enter your information, including the percentage of oncology patients you care for, here to determine if you are eligible:
Am I Eligible? | ONCC
I am a peds nurse but I imagine the test would be difficult if you don't have a lot of chemo experience/knowledge. I would guess there are a lot of questions on chemo side effects/supportive nursing care/monitoring parameters. Those are the kinds of questions I usually get when I renew my APHON chemotherapy certification.
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