OCN certification...does it really make a difference? - page 2

by jenhasredhair 18,911 Views | 16 Comments

I've worked on a medical-oncology floor for 2 years. I'm chemo certified by ONS (I don't get pain any extra for this). I was thinking about getting my OCN certification, because I want to start traveling soon. For those of you... Read More


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    I'm an RN student interested in Oncology and recently submitted my application for a student ONS membership. I figure even if I don't get hired on an Onc floor as a new grad, it still shows my interest/dedication to the specialty.

    This also give me access to mentoring opportunities, and they've got all kinds of great information available for members.

    Good luck!
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    This is an old post but my answer is yes.... OCN makes a difference to me. It took a lot of self study and re-certification keeps me up to date. There is a greater oncology CEU requirement. Does it make a difference in a job? The answer to that is it depends on the institution.
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    The Oncology Med/Surg unit where I work does not require OCN certification but it is highly recommended. We are not paid extra for certification but we are reimbursed for the OCN exam if we pass it and we are reimbursed every four years for the renewal of the certifcation with proper CEU's (100 CEU's in four years with 60 CEU's OCN approved in oncology). From my own experience, I feel my patients have more trust in my capabilities to give them up to date care. I'm always asked about my OCN pin that I wear and what that means. I proudly tell them as an OCN nurse, it is giving them "something more". It isn't always about extra pay that makes certification appealing. I would encourage certification just for the satisfaction in brings to a nurse.
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    I don't have OCN certification, but, have been thinking about it especially since I am on an extended break from school right now. I've been doing hem/onc for a little over 2 years. My employer likes for us to have the certification. They pay for the exam, reimburse for all CEUs, and give a $500 bonus to take and pass the exam.
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    i just received a job order and it has the following requirements
    [color=#b22222] does rn have ocn certification?
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    I think it's totally worth it!!! But for my job it's recommended but not required. We don't get paid extra but we can get reimburse for doing the classes/CEU and testing. Im hope to take my test next year.
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    I think it's totally worth it!!! But for my job it's recommended but not required. We don't get paid extra but we can get reimburse for doing the classes/CEU and testing. Im hope to take my test next year.


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