Hi Nurse Beth- and thank you for your timely advice. As an Advanced Oncology Nurse Specialist and former nursing professor, may I add a few additional suggestions? An oncology nurse navigator typically needs 2-5 years nursing/oncology experience. It's a tough and complicated road with symptom management, insurance issues and treatment decisions. Experience makes a difference with cancer care so complicated. Ambulatory oncology nurses also need a year or two- and should be an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) for outpatient care. As a very new nurse with basic skills, I suggest an in-patient oncology/med/surg unit. The new nurse will develop delegation skills and begin to understand the complications and nuances of caring for a cancer patient and their family members. I've been a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and they are an excellent resource. Thank you again!
Jessie Brodbeck, RN, MSN, AOCNS