Nursing is at a boom in USA. If you want to pursue your career in this field, then the first stage is to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). After that you can move further to license practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), etc. Oncology is a medical terminology that stands for a specialized branch of medicine that deals with study of cancer and thus, oncology nurse is the one who serves for cancer patients. Cancer is much more than a physical disease as it affects each and every aspect of a patient’s being. Oncology nurses help patients and their families deal with the difficult situation. These nurses are assisted by various CNAs in completing their task and taking care of the patients in an appropriate manner. They also have expertise in pain control. Oncology nurses master in providing with entire health care to cancer patients.
Certification as an oncology nurse is a voluntary process and signifies that the respective candidate has desired qualification and knowledge of the cancer specialty area and has also kept updated in the education. Certification has the validity duration of four years and after that validity expires it has to be renewed by the process of recertification by earning a specific number of continuing education credits.
Oncology nurses are certified in either of these 6 ways –
In some states or some specific medical settings, they also have the authority to recognize and investigate researchable problems, and those research findings that affect cancer care or nursing.