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- by nycNurse2b Mar 17, '12Can anyone point me in the right direction - - I am applying to oncology jobs that state "Chemotherapy Certification" preferred.
I'd love more info on how to go about obtaining this.
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- Mar 18, '12 by KelRN215Courses are offered by ONS and APHON. I recommend that you look into those courses though it is not possible to be fully chemo competent until you are working in oncology and actually administering chemo.
- Mar 19, '12 by nycNurse2bthank you for the info. Would you recommend I not do it until I am actually employed in the field?
- Mar 30, '12 by mzjennxI started working on a oncology floor that trained me to be chemo competent. I took the ONS class for chemotherapy and was trained to give chemo with a chemo/cancer educator and educator. For my hospital I was chemo certified but not nationally certified. You would have to take a big test call the OCN OCN® Certification. You need at least some experience. Check out the website for more info. Hope that helps
- Mar 30, '12 by nycNurse2bThanks - that does help.
I've always wanted oncology, but am having a hard tie due to the "no oncology" experience thing. Ideally, I'd love to get hired somehwhere and then have the hosp train me/certify me as they see fit. But unfortunately I'm not getting thru due to my lack of oncology exp.
I thought getting the certificatiion would help.
Any other tips on breaking into the field?
OR a book rec?
Anything really, would be helpful. TIA!
- Apr 7, '12 by OCNRN63A correction, you do not need to take the OCN test. You need to take the ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy course (2 days), then take a test at the end of the course. If you're successful, you will get a Chemo Provider card that is good for two years.
The OCN test is a test to be certified as an oncology nurse. There are some specific requirements for taking the test such as a minimum of 1,000 hours of oncology exp. over a certain time frame.
You can get information about where a chemo provider course is near you here:
Oncology Nursing SocietyLast edit by OCNRN63 on Apr 7, '12
- Apr 9, '12 by Sarah RN,OCNHello,
I was hired into Oncology through an internship at a local cancer center...do you have a location close to you offering something similar? It was a lower pay to start out with (compared to hospital new grad pay), but I've learned a lot, they help you get your chemo certification, and I'm scheduled to take my OCN this summer. The books I've thought helped me are : Cancer Basics, Oncology Nursing, Nurse's Chemotherapy Quick Pocket Reference. If you have any questions, please send me a message. Good Luck!!