Best way to study for OCN exam?

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    I'm taking the OCN exam this November to get oncology certified. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to study for this?


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    Im studying up myself. I been doing CE with ONS. I did Cancer Basics, which I thought was a great intro. I am going to take Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs and Symptom management CE next. I hope these classes will help me to prepare for the OCN. They have a OCN prep class too. These CE are all online.

    The books I have are the Comprehensive Cancer Nursing from and from ONS Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing. I hope these books help me. I plan to take my test in 2012. Gives me some time to read, review and study.
    Last edit by mzjennx on May 31, '11
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    The OCN blue print is here

    I hear it is super hard. When are you planning to take your?
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    I'm using the ONS Core Curriculum book as well, and I also bought the accompanying study guide with practice questions. I'm taking the test in November, so hopefully plenty of time to prepare. Good luck to everyone!
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    Hello! I'm taking the exam in August 2011. I'm jumping into it rather fast, but the physician I work for is great about letting me pick his brain. I'm currently in the ONS OCN prep course.
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    Are you doing that online self-paced class through ONS, the one that's like $160? What do you think of it? Is it helpful? I'd kind of like to do that but I don't want to spend the $$. My work will pay for us to do a one-day review course here in town, so I'll do that, but that ONS online thing looks cool.
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    Yah, that's the course I'm taking. I was lucky because my job paid for the fee! That's why I really want to pass! My way of saying thank you to them!

    I'm not too far yet, first lesson only because I'm taking a lot of notes, but so far I really like it! I was studying before the course, but now I have a specific direction and goals.
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    I am so glad to see this thread for ideas. I plan to start studying for this exam later this year. I wanted to become certified in med surg first so I am taking that in September. Our unit is med/surg oncology so we have both types of patients.
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    ons core curriculum.. they also have a book of questions and answers with rationale.

    also can get practice questions from the oncc website for a fee
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    I signed up in January 2011 and passed in May! It was tough but not absurdly so -- however IMHO *you must study* no matter how many years experience you have. The questions are just too detailed and in too many subspecialities of oncology for any one human to just wing it. Do know that it's different than the NCLEX in that you can go *back* and change answers -- that can be a bad thing, but if you use it judiciously it allows you to move on from a tricky question and than go back later if another question triggers the answer.

    I used this book which I borrowed from a coworker:

    BUT FIRST I did the study guide:

    I went thru the study guide cover to cover answering all the questions, checking my answers, reading the rationale and taking notes about what I did not know. I found some chapters (i.e. a lot of the psychosocial stuff) really easy, barely missed any questions -- so I skipped those chapters in the text book when actually studying. Other chapters I would get many questions but there were subcategories I clearly needed to brush up on; and other chapters I missed so many that it was obvious I needed to really focus on that chapter/subject matter.

    That part took several weeks because I wouldn't do many chapters at a time. Then I crammed with the actual text book for about 1 1/2-2 weeks.

    Good luck!

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