OCN Certification

  1. I am last semester senior nursing student.
    I have accepted a position on an oncology
    unit after I graduate. I would like to become certified after my first year. Does anyone have a good oncology review book they reccommend?
    Thanks!
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  3. by   dogdog
    Oops...I think I meant ONS Certification?
    Anyways, the question still stands.
    Has anyone here taken the test?
  4. by   Pfhol
    Originally posted by dogdog:
    I am last semester senior nursing student.
    I have accepted a position on an oncology
    unit after I graduate. I would like to become certified after my first year. Does anyone have a good oncology review book they reccommend?
    Thanks!
    Check out the following site it is the certification corporation for oncology nurses and it is the OCN. Their address is www.oncc.org Hope this helps. Good luck.

  5. by   Jubilee Nurse
    Originally posted by dogdog:
    I am last semester senior nursing student.
    I have accepted a position on an oncology
    unit after I graduate. I would like to become certified after my first year. Does anyone have a good oncology review book they reccommend?
    Thanks!
    agree with previous message..Oncology Nursing SOciety has all the info. There are core curriculum books you can use to study..may I make a suggestion tho....read the criteria... I don not believe you can become certified after your first year..i think you need to have more nursing experience to meet the criteria to sit for the exam. Plus there is a HUGE amt of info you need to know and you NEED more than one year to absorb that. DOn't rush into it...you need lots of life expereince and nursing experience to have the body of knowledge required to be certified. It will definitely come as you work in your area. Your ambition is awesome and us OCN's will certainly welcome you into the fold! Good luck

  6. by   evelyneb
    The above respondent is correct. You cannot become ceertified after you graduate. I forget the criteria, but it's something like 3 yrs. But, that's not to say you cannot get the books and start studying! You will have longer to prepare. I have taken ( and passed!!) both the American and the Canadian certification. I prefer the Canadian text book, which is available from the CANO organization. The material is quite intense and the exams are tough ( American more so that ours) but you can do it. Good luck in your oncology career. it's the best place to work ofd them all!
  7. by   angelique777
    Quote from evelyneb
    The above respondent is correct. You cannot become ceertified after you graduate. I forget the criteria, but it's something like 3 yrs. But, that's not to say you cannot get the books and start studying! You will have longer to prepare. I have taken ( and passed!!) both the American and the Canadian certification. I prefer the Canadian text book, which is available from the CANO organization. The material is quite intense and the exams are tough ( American more so that ours) but you can do it. Good luck in your oncology career. it's the best place to work ofd them all!
    Can you list some of those books you preferred that was helpful thanks so much
    Angela
  8. by   renerian
    I personally needed several years on onc before I felt like I really knew more than the average person. Give yourself more time. You have alot to learn and congrats on the onc job.

    renerian
  9. by   Ted
    Definately, there's LOTS to absorb! No need to rush things. I took the ONC exam after 4 years of nursing. It was not an easy test! But I passed!

    Good luck with your last semester in nursing. And good luck with your new job! Keep us posted!

    Ted
  10. by   nesher
    I have been an OCN for 12 years. The minimum requirements to be able to sit for the exam is 1 year RN experience, a minimum of 1000 hours of oncology nursing practice and the completion of 10 hours of CE in the speciality of oncology nursing or an academic elective in oncology nursing. So yes you could fulfill the requirements within one year. Perhaps you will feel differently when you start practicing...as in maybe you will want slow down and enjoy what you you do, enjoy your pateints and be aware of the lessons they teach us. Here is the ONS website http://www.ons.org/
    By the way I have used the Core Curriculun for Oncology Nursing with great success - test questions are very helpful as well - all of this can be purchased through the ONS - so join them first, as an organization they can be outstanding. Join your local ONS group as well and get involved if you can. Good Luck.

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