How to get into outpatient oncology

  1. I have a year of experience in inpatient oncology and I am Chemo and OCN certified. Currently working in home health. Two years of experience as an RN total. Hated the inpatient setting but loved the oncology part of the job. I've applied to outpatient oncology clinics (opportunities are very scarce where I live) and haven't had any luck there. Oncology is my passion, it's the reason that I'm a nurse. Its the only thing I like about nursing... helping people with cancer. In my current job, I've had a total of 3 cancer patients and I've wondered why I've been dissatisfied for so long. But it's because my heartbeat is for oncology. So what else can I do to increase my chances of getting into outpatient oncology in an area where opportunities are scarce? Besides the fact that I only have 2 years of experience, that I can't control, but what are some things that ARE in my control that would make me a better candidate for these positions? Just a newer nurse looking for some helpful hints from people who have been doing this longer than me. Thanks
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Outpatient positions are highly coveted positions and usually go to someone with a lot of inpatient experience. So my advice would be to get some more inpatient oncology experience.
  4. by   Caffeine_IV
    I would say keep applying to any opening. Join ONC and meet with the local chapter for networking opportunities.

    I am starting an outpatient oncology/infusion position with a background in med/surg and hospice (about 8 years). I applied for an opening 3 or 4 times.
    Don't give up.
  5. by   LVNwithmuscles
    I work as an LVN in an outpatient infusion center in Texas. Have you tried Texas Oncology?
  6. by   HelloWish
    I got into outpatient oncology with less than 1 year of experience as nurse. Keep applying and respond to rejections that let the recruiter for the oncology company know you have a strong interest. That is how I got my foot in the door for an interview.