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Oncology Nurse

An Oncology Nurse works with patients who have, or who are at risk of getting, cancer.

High demand

Oncology Nurses are in demand because the number of cancer patients in the US is increasing every year.

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information

Required education
Average Annual Salary
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll be working in one of the most challenging and rewarding fields of nursing where every day is different.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll represent patients’ needs to their healthcare team and family.


You’ll advise and teach patients and their families about symptom management and treatment plans.


You’ll counsel patients and family members.


You’ll administer chemotherapy, monitor patients, help manage side effects, and create treatment plans.

Where you'll work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors' office
  • Outpatient care center
How to become an Oncology Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse for a year.

Gain 1,000 hours’ experience and 10 contact hours in Oncology.


Pass the Oncology Certified Nurse Board exam through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.


You’re ready to work as an Oncology Nurse.

Join an Organization
Become a member of an Oncology Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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