MedPro Healthcare Staffing has a number of travel openings around the country for experienced oncology nurses.
An oncology nurse cares for critically ill cancer patients, administering chemotherapy, implementing new methods of symptom treatment, and monitoring patients’ progress. Oncology nurses also can specialize in certain areas.
An oncology nurse provides care for cancer patients throughout all stages of their disease, focusing primarily on the acute stage. These nurses also assist patients in various phases of their condition – from post-surgical to near-terminal – to manage their disease and its treatment effectively, as well as administering chemotherapy.
Oncology nurses can play a number of roles – as a direct caregiver, educator, consultant, administrator, and researcher. These nurses work in all care delivery settings where people experience or are at risk for developing cancer. The oncology nurse also works as a care coordinator, working with other cancer care providers and team members to provide needed care as efficiently as possible.
Advanced practice nurses may also play additional roles, as mentioned above. Advanced nursing in oncology requires mastery of the nursing process and the ability to provide, guide, and evaluate nursing practice given to people diagnosed with cancer, as well as to their families.
Oncology nursing covers a wide range of areas, from prevention and acute care to rehabilitative and palliative support care. Nurses in oncology can focus on chemotherapy and biotherapy, breast oncology, hematology oncology, radiation therapy, surgical oncology, GYN oncology, head and neck oncology, bone marrow transplant, cancer genetic counseling, prevention and early detection, cancer symptom management, or palliative care.
In addition to a degree in nursing, those who wish to specialize in oncology nursing must have a cancer-specific knowledge base and a demonstrated clinical expertise in cancer care. Those who wish to practice at the advanced level must obtain significant theoretical knowledge in oncology nursing, requiring a master’s degree. Oncology nurses can become certified to receive the oncology certified nurse (OCN) designation, or the advanced oncology certified nurse (AOCN) designation. Average starting salaries nationally for oncology nurses begin at about $35,000 a year, with advanced practice nurses earning salaries ranging from $60,000 to $125,000 annually.
MedPro Healthcare Staffing is Joint Commission certified and has placed thousands of healthcare professionals in medical facilities around the United States. We have contracts with more than 300 healthcare organizations and we service more than 2,500 healthcare facilities in the U.S. We work with each of our job candidates individually to find the right job for them and to give them a rewarding work experience.
If you are an experienced oncology nurse or other healthcare professional looking for a new challenge, contact us today to see what we can do for you.