I will graduate with my RN this August. Already looking towards the future how should I further my education if I am interested in Oncology. Should I get my masters or would NP be better? Does anyone have any thoughts? Thank you!
Hi Arielle. Congrats to you early on your impending graduation!
You say that you're interested in oncology, and oncology is very broad. And there are so many different things you can do in oncology as a nurse. Patient education, patient coordinator, clinical nurse specialist, infusion nurse, bone marrow transplants, just to name a few. The question I'm wondering is: What interests you more specifically? You could have a satisfying career in oncology by just staying as a registered nurse. If you're more interested in prescribing and/or doing procedures such as bone marrow biopsies or skin biopsies, etc., you can become an NP. If you're more interested in being an knowledge expert in oncology and want to teach other nurses, you can be a clinical nurse specialist. So many different roles! And then within oncology, you can focus on solid tumors or on liquid tumors, or you can do rad-onc, surgical oncology, etc. So many things!