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Working As An Oncology Nurse

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,490

    Average Salary

What Does An Oncology Nurse Do At Ascension Health

* Serves as liaison for oncology programs.
* Identifies and resolves issues affecting the delivery of patient care.
* Performs quality assurance studies and assists with implementation of quality initiatives.
* Serves as resource to staff and external contacts on issues related to patient care, patient flow and clinical standards, policies and procedures.
* Monitors departmental compliance with regulatory and Joint Commission requirements.
* Meets directly with patients in order to guide them through the cancer treatment experience.
* Works as a resource within the local community.
* Educates the local community on a broad range of cancer related therapy

What Does An Oncology Nurse Do At Gifted Healthcare

* Oncology Registered Nurses integrate their technical skills, scientific knowledge, and caring attitude to aid those living with cancer, including their families - starting from diagnosis, treatment, and then survivor-ship to end-of-life care.
* The Oncology RN reviews health history Assess and monitor physical and emotional status Keep track of laboratory, pathology and imaging studies Safely administer medications, fluids and cancer treatments (e.g., chemotherapy) Collaborate with doctors and other clinicians about treatment plans.
* Create individualized care plans on patients under their supervision and care.
* Help patients to understand the disease, proposed treatment plan and possible side effects.
* Educate patients and the families regarding treatment expectations.
* Help patients plan for and manage symptoms throughout treatment Help translate complex medical terminology and answer questions Communicate with doctors on behalf of the patient Recognize and treat cancer-related issues.
* Participate in research to enhance treatment protocols assigned to cancer patients.
* Give supportive resources to both the patient and the families to promote positive outlook.
* Watch and record the patient's progress on a constant basis.
* Chart the patient's response to treatment and medication.
* The RN performs other position related duties as assigned BENEFITS OF BEING GIFTED! Refer a nurse for this position and earn up to $1500 referral bonus when he/she completes a minimum of 8-week assignment.
* Refer a nurse for a PRN position, and earn $250 once he/she completes three shifts.
* Flexible scheduling Premium pay Same Day or Weekly Pay Ability to work in premier facilities Access to Chief Nursing Officer 24
* Access to Social Worker 24
* Group Health insurance benefits: Medical Plan Dental Plan Vision Plan Short and Long Term Disability AD&D Insurance

What Does An Oncology Nurse Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Promotes research and clinical trial consideration by the patient
* Promotes and monitors regulatory agency standards and customer service expectations in the AskSarah Oncology Coordinator role
* Appropriately collaborates with navigators across the HCA organization to coordinate patient cancer care
* Ensures quality care to executives and their families representing “best in class” care
* Serves on appropriate oncology leadership committees
* Drives process improvement and ensures reporting is in place to demonstrate program outcomes and supports performance improvement activities
* Stays current concerning oncology cancer care
* Ensures service continuity and develops appropriate processes to ensure quality care
* Establishes appropriate mechanisms to ensure service continuity
* Assists the cancer programs team in key projects as requested
* Practice and adhere to the “Code of Conduct” philosophy and “Mission and Value Statement”
* Assists HCA CRM in connecting patients to resources as appropriate
* All other duties as requested

What Does An Oncology Nurse Do At New England Cancer Specialists

* Point of contact for referring physicians, patients, and caregivers to assist with patient scheduling and coordination of care.
* Assist physicians; conduct patient assessments.
* Receive patient telephone calls and intervene appropriately for that patient’s specific needs in a timely manner.
* Alert physician as needed to patient needs that require physician intervention.
* Follow up with patients as needed by telephone, to ensure compliance with treatment guidelines and to evaluate changing or uncertain clinical situations.
* Draw blood from ports, central lines, and peripheral IV access.
* Perform other procedures as needed.
* Ensures follow-up appointments and tests/procedures are scheduled for patients.
* Maintain patient care standards and assures that patient care functions, such as assessment, treatment and documentation are completed safely and effectively.
* Maintain open and effective communication with all physicians, employees and vendors.
* Participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, in-services and continuing education programs, national and regional professional organizations and community sponsored programs specific to Oncology and Hematology.
* Incorporates evidence-based research into clinical practice, and provide recommendations on practice clinical policies and processes to practice Directors.
* Coordinate patient care responsibilities within the scope of the practice for licensed and unlicensed health care providers.
* Demonstrates respect for life, dignity, and rights of all persons.
* Travel: Very Minimal.
* Might need to travel to other locations occasionally, on an as needed basis for coverage.
* Weekends: Occasional, these positions will participate with other nurses in the weekend urgent care coverage rotation

What Does An Oncology Nurse Do At HCA

* This position is responsible for assuring compliance with American College of Surgeon Commission on Cancer (ACS COC) Standards, National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Standards, NQF Measures of Quality, and other oncology related standards for facilities assigned.
* Duties and Responsibilities Duties include but are not limited to: Ensures all American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer standards are met at accredited facilities and helps facilities seeking accreditation to develop programs following the standards.
* Leads survey prep at facility, completing the Survey Application Record (SAR) and the documentation from the surveyor.
* Attends all Cancer Committee meetings and ensures that Cancer Committee composition, meeting schedule, agenda and minutes meet COC standards.
* Maintains documentation of Oncology Committee activities using minutes and Program Activity tool in preparation for survey.
* Assists with the completion of Annual Report on Cancer Activities for each facility.
* Attends Cancer Conferences at each facility determined by the facility conference schedule.
* Attend state and national educational activities as approved by the Director

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How To Become An Oncology Nurse

Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses also must be licensed.


In all nursing education programs, students take courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences, as well as in liberal arts. BSN programs typically take 4 years to complete; ADN and diploma programs usually take 2 to 3 years to complete. All programs include supervised clinical experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs usually include additional education in the physical and social sciences, communication, leadership, and critical thinking. These programs also offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s degree or higher is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Generally, licensed graduates of any of the three types of education programs (bachelor’s, associate’s, or diploma) qualify for entry-level positions as a staff nurse. However, employers—particularly those in hospitals—may require a bachelor’s degree.

Many registered nurses with an ADN or diploma choose to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree through an RN-to-BSN program. There are also master’s degree programs in nursing, combined bachelor’s and master’s programs, and accelerated programs for those who wish to enter the nursing profession and already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement.

Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) must earn a master’s degree in nursing and typically already have 1 or more years of work experience as an RN or in a related field. CNSs who conduct research typically need a doctoral degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories, registered nurses must have a nursing license. To become licensed, nurses must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Other requirements for licensing vary by state. Each state’s board of nursing can give details. For more information on the NCLEX-RN and a list of state boards of nursing, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Nurses may become certified through professional associations in specific areas, such as ambulatory care, gerontology, and pediatrics, among others. Although certification is usually voluntary, it demonstrates adherence to a higher standard, and some employers require it.

CNSs must satisfy additional state licensing requirements, such as earning specialty certifications. Contact state boards of nursing for specific requirements.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Registered nurses must be able to assess changes in the health status of patients, including determining when to take corrective action and when to make referrals.

Communication skills. Registered nurses must be able to communicate effectively with patients in order to understand their concerns and assess their health conditions. Nurses need to explain instructions, such as how to take medication, clearly. They must be able to work in teams with other health professionals and communicate the patients’ needs.

Compassion. Registered nurses should be caring and empathetic when caring for patients.

Detail oriented. Registered nurses must be responsible and detail oriented because they must make sure that patients get the correct treatments and medicines at the right time.

Emotional stability. Registered nurses need emotional resilience and the ability to manage their emotions to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.

Organizational skills. Nurses often work with multiple patients with various health needs. Organizational skills are critical to ensure that each patient is given appropriate care.

Physical stamina. Nurses should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as moving patients. They may be on their feet for most of their shift.


Most registered nurses begin as staff nurses in hospitals or community health settings. With experience, good performance, and continuous education, they can move to other settings or be promoted to positions with more responsibility.

In management, nurses can advance from assistant clinical nurse manager, charge nurse, or head nurse to more senior-level administrative roles, such as assistant director or director of nursing, vice president of nursing, or chief nursing officer. Increasingly, management-level nursing positions are requiring a graduate degree in nursing or health services administration. Administrative positions require leadership, communication skills, negotiation skills, and good judgment.

Some nurses move into the business side of healthcare. Their nursing expertise and experience on a healthcare team equip them to manage ambulatory, acute, home-based, and chronic care businesses. Employers—including hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and managed care organizations, among others—need registered nurses for jobs in health planning and development, marketing, consulting, policy development, and quality assurance.

Some RNs choose to become nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, or nurse practitioners, which, along with clinical nurse specialists, are types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). APRNs may provide primary and specialty care, and in many states they may prescribe medications.

Other nurses work as postsecondary teachers in colleges and universities.

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  • White

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  • Spanish

  • German

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • Bambara

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Thai

  • Italian

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Real Oncology Nurse Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Oncology Infusion Nurse Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge, MA Jul 16, 2011 $75,234
Oncology Infusion Nurse Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge, MA Jul 06, 2011 $75,234
Oncology Nurse Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Inc. Baltimore, MD Aug 01, 2009 $65,928
Oncology Nurse Virgin Islands Oncology & Hematology Jan 06, 2016 $62,610
Oncology Nurse Virgin Islands Oncology & Hematology, PC Jan 07, 2016 $62,610

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Top Oncology Nurse Skills

  1. Administer Chemotherapy
  2. IV
  3. Direct Patient Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experience in caring for the terminally ill. Certified to administer chemotherapy.
  • Mix and administer IV chemotherapy and related medications.
  • Work collaboratively with members of an interdisciplinary team in planning direct patient care.
  • Provided direct care to bone marrow transplant and other medical oncology patients.
  • Developed and coordinated Outpatient Telephone Triage system for Oncology patients.

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