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Hematology Nurse


A Hematology Nurse is trained to care for patients with blood diseases and disorders. They may also assist with blood transfusions, blood tests, research, and chemotherapy. If you go into hematology, expect to have more responsibility than other nurses, prescriptive authority, and the ability to order diagnostic lab work.

Things You'll Do:

  • Encounter patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and hemophilia
  • Take medical histories
  • Perform exams
  • Diagnose and treat blood diseases

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or 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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  • You’ll work for two years in hematology-related nursing, and a year in clinical nursing.
  • Pass Your
    Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse exam (CPHON) or Oncology Certification Exam (OCN)
  • Become a
    Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse or Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s office
    • Outpatient care clinics

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 22% more jobs for registered nurses from 2008-2018
    • You’ll work closely with Oncology Nurses

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