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Name: Oncology Nurse
Description: Cares for patients with the diagnosis of cancer in various settings; utilizes an empathic and caring approach to patients whose diagnosis and treatment are often painful and life-threatening; administers chemotherapy, conducts patient teaching, and manages illness- and treatment-related symptoms
Diagnoses: All stages of cancer (diagnosis to terminal illness), hematologic problems, chronic pain
Practice roles: Staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse case manager, nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator, director, executive
Characteristics: One-on-one patient care and relationships, learning how to live from patients, autonomy and independence, making a difference, new trends and treatments
Client age group: Children and adults of all ages
Drawbacks: Dealing with pain, grief and difficult patient contacts, excessive paperwork, reimbursement issues, stress, conflict, and pressure; hazards from working with chemotherapy and radiation
Desirable skills: Coping with death and dying, well defined philosophy about life, death, and suffering, people skills, strong support system
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals including specialty hospitals, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, home health
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
501 Holiday Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220-2749
Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
4700 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
Oncology Nursing Forum
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