Pediatric Oncology Nurse

Work with Doctors to help care for children with cancer.
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$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pediatric Oncology Nurses do?

Pediatric Oncology Nurses put their medical knowledge to work for a crucial group of patients who need them most — children battling cancer. A Pediatric Oncology Nurse takes directions from a Pediatric Oncologist, and administers treatments and medications. They develop a special bond with each patient as they carefully monitor the patient’s physical and emotional well-being.

The type of work a Pediatric Oncology Nurse does depends on the location. At a hospital, you provide round-the-clock care by taking the patient’s vital signs, bringing them healthy food, and administering medication.

In a clinic or private practice setting, you draw blood for lab testing, perform scans, and administer chemotherapy. Each patient needs lots of emotional support during a series of tests that may seem scary.

Some Pediatric Oncology Nurses become Case Managers, or continue their education to become Nurse Practitioners. A Case Manager coordinates the efforts of a group of Nurses, while a Nurse Practitioner has the freedom to prescribe medications or select treatments without an Oncologist ’s approval.

While your work is emotionally demanding and sometimes stressful, you give hope and strength to parents with sick children. These parents want information and reassurance throughout their child’s treatment. With you by their side, families raise the odds of beating cancer.

Should I be a Pediatric Oncology Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse

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