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  1. Hi Beth,
    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
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    Joined: Mar '13; Posts: 3
    from NE , US

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  3. by   KelRN215
    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.
  4. by   tnbutterfly
    This post has been moved to the Ask Nurse Beth forum. Beth will respond soon.
  5. by   Schekina
    Thank you for your input
  6. by   lifeatthebluffs
    Hey, so my two cents is to take your chemo class, then wait at least 6 months and go for OCN. Could you potentially study, take the test, and get your OCN? Probably, but it will likely be a lot easier if you wait. For what it's worth I started working in oncology as a new grad, got chemo certified after 9 months and OCN at 2 years. Despite knowing very little about outpatient regimens, I was able to pass easily, with very little study. Either way, good luck!

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