Oncology nurses are registered nurses that are specialists in providing treatment and care to cancer patients. As an oncology nurse, you'll need to provide care to chronically or critically ill cancer patients. This is done by providing support and information as well as administering treatment. You will work with physicians as a part of the team responsible for caring for cancer patients in the hospital. You have to assess and examine the health of the patient by focusing on the physical, emotional, and mental status of such a patient.
A larger part of your duty as an oncology nurse is to help both patients and their families to understand the disease and discuss the treatment plan and possible side effects. More importantly, you have to provide emotional stability, support, and guidance to patients and families while they handle painful and stressful treatment processes. Furthermore, you are to administer treatment as well as evaluate, monitor, and record the results of treatment.
To be a successful oncology nurse, you must be very compassionate to be able to deal with patients. You must also have at least a bachelor's or associate degree and also an RN license. As an average oncology nurse, you will earn $71,270 per year.