An oncology nurse should be a registered nurse, duly licensed by his or her state. While it will be best to earn a 4-year bachelor's degree in nursing, aspiring nurses may choose to start their career with a 3-year diploma course or 2-year associate degree.
Job Description & Duties
- Oncology 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 families.
- The responsibilities of oncology nurses go beyond direct patient care, with roles as research, manager, consultant, and patient educator.
- They work hand-in-hand with physicians and other healthcare team members to ensure the greatest quality of care for the patient.
- 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.
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