ONCOLOGY RNOncology nurse’s main duty is to supervise and provide nursing care to cancer patients. They monitor patient’s condition, develop care plans, develop symptom management protocols, and administer medication. They often witness patient’s suffering; however, such tremendous stress is offset by the relationship they form with patients and the familiesThey work hand-in-hand with physicians and other healthcare team members to ensure the greatest quality of care for the patient. The responsibilities and duties of oncology nurses include:Create individualized care plans on patient under their supervision and care.Recognize and treat cancer-related issues.Collaborate with a team of healthcare professionals to share expertise and knowledge.Do cancer research to enhance treatment protocols assigned to cancer patients.Give supportive resources on the patient and the families to promote positive outlook.Teach patients and the families regarding treatment expectations.Watch and record the patient’s progress on a constant basis.Chart the patient’s response to treatment and medication.Requirements and Qualifications for Oncology NurseAt least 2 years of acute care -hospital based – Oncology Registered Nurse experience.Current California RN licenseCurrent BLS certificationOCN (Oncology Certified Nurse) certification preferred, not requiredProficiency in both written and oral EnglishProficiency in computer charting (at least 1 year), EPIC experience preferredGraduate of approved nursing program, BSN preferredMust be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care/service appropriate to the age of the patients served on the assigned unit/department
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