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An Oncology Nurse provides care for cancer patients and those at risk for getting the disease. They monitor physical conditions, prescribe medication, and administer chemotherapy and other treatments. Oncology is one of the most challenging and rewarding fields in nursing and no two days on the job are ever the same.

Things You'll Do:

  • Create management strategies
  • Cancer prevention counseling
  • Maintain health records

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse
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  • Work as a Registered Nurse for at least a year, including 1,000 hours in oncology.
  • Get Your
    Oncology Nurse Certification through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
  • Become a
    Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospital
    • Physician’s office
    • Outpatient Care facility

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $44K - $57K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 22% more jobs for Registered Nurses from 2008-2018
    • You’ll teach and counsel patients about healthcare and cancer treatments.

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