Nursing student interested in oncology

Specialties Oncology


Hi. I'm currently a nursing student and am graduating in April. The hospital that my school is affiliated with has a large oncology department and I'm very interested in working in oncology, however my schools curriculum doesn't cover much about oncology. I was wondering if anyone has an advice on books or something to read that I could gain some knowledge from? Or is it best to just wait and learn on the job?

Thank you for any help.

Specializes in Adult and pediatric emergency and critical care.

The Oncology Nurses Society has some great resources. Our hospital has a very large oncology and transplant program, so we have CE all of the time and welcome outside healthcare clinicians and students to attend. I would reach out and see what they are offering, hospitals don't tent to advertise things like their grand rounds but would be happy to have outsiders attend.

Specializes in Oncology.

I agree, ONS is a good resource. Students membership is free, and there are a bunch of free CNEs for members.

I started on BMT as a new grad and while I think there is a lot you will only learn on the job once you start, I think it could also be helpful to have a general understanding of oncology/cancer in general. ONS and many other websites/texts will have good information on the basics of cancer. Prior understanding how cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation all "work" will be beneficial as you start out.

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