After some time as an RN, take the Oncology Nurse Certification exam, which will demonstrate your competency in the field. This may provide a higher salary and more job opportunities.
-Average income of Oncology Certified Nurse is almost $10,000 higher than non-certified nurses.
-73% of people say they are more likely to choose a hospital with a high percentage of certified nurses.
-65% of nurses say certification makes them feel more competent in their practice.
ONCC offers five certification examinations, including:
1. Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)–basic level certification focusing on adult care
2. Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHONTM)–basic level certification in pediatric oncology nursing.
3. Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP)–role-specific advanced certification for oncology nurse practitioners.
4. Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS)–advanced certification for oncology clinical nurse specialists.
5.Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCNTM)–specialty certification that covers the entire continuum of breast care.
The oncology nurse has become an integral component of the cancer-care team. Oncology nurses have earned the respect of physicians, other health-care professionals, and, most importantly, of patients and their families.