Oncology Nurse

Take care of cancer patients.

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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Oncology Nurses do?

An Oncology Nurse is a Registered Nurse with special training in caring for cancer patients. This rewarding position has you screening, educating, and treating patients, their families, and the community.

When patients are diagnosed with cancer of any form, as the Oncology Nurse, you offer your empathetic ear and assist them during treatment. You prepare them to receive chemotherapy or radiation, observe them during the procedure, and monitor them afterwards. In addition to helping patients receiving ongoing treatment, you aid patients who have undergone surgery as party of your Oncology Nurse title. You tend incisions and monitor vital signs, as well as assist the patient with eating, dressing, or bathing.

Any of these tasks might occur in a hospital, cancer research center, specialized care center, or in-home. Regardless of where you offer your services, compassion is your best tool. Sometimes your kindness and sympathy offer as much to a patient as your ability to clean a wound.

When you are not working one-on-one with a patient, you spend your time educating the public. You attend community events and give presentations at schools or hospitals. Prevention and early detection significantly reduce the number of people who suffer from this disease. Your job is to inform people in the community of ways that they can reduce their risks; wearing hats and the proper amount of sunscreen to deter skin cancer, for example. You also provide health care options and identify resources such as programs at community health or cancer care centers.

Should I be an Oncology Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Oncology RN

    How to become an Oncology Nurse

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