Hello :-) My name is Wendy and I am in my first year of my nursing BSN program. Prior to starting nursing school I worked for 10 years as a licensed Massage Therapist with special certification in Clinical Oncology Massage. I have worked extensively with those with cancer in the hospital setting and I know that this is what I want to specialize in as a nurse. My dream would be to work in a small infusion lab at a cancer center. I'm reading various things on how to get into the specialty after the initial nursing training. I'm seeing some things that say just to get a chemo certification, but you can also get your master's it looks like- so that's a huge disparity in the amount of training needed. Then other things I have read say that the hospital itself will train you, but you have to work on a different unit to get experience first.
I'd love to hear from the veteran Onc Nurses out there. What did you do to specialize in Oncology? What would you have done differently as a student to set yourself up for an effective transition into Oncology after graduating from nursing school?
Your thoughts are very appreciated! Thanks!