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  • 1.  OCN test

    Posted 05-21-2019 12:54

    I was wondering how people felt about Oncology centers requiring all of their nurses to become OCN certified when the test is set up to be voluntary.

     

     

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  • 2.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 05-22-2019 06:40
    How do I feel? I feel it is fabulous! Because this requirement is enforced, Lawrence Memorial Hospital maintains an extremely high caliber of nursing staff. Nursing staff who are passionate about their profession, able to identify patients needs, educate appropriately and communicate with the providers. This level of competency is respected by their physicians and their patients. The nurses work together as a team with their physicians and wonderful oncology pharmacist offering their patients the best of the best! I hope this standard never changes.


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  • 3.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 05-22-2019 17:05
    How do I feel?
    I personally think it is the best thing for all oncology nurses to be certified, not only does it help you as a certified oncology nurse to keep abreast with the current practice modules, it boosts yourself esteem as a nurse. Plus as a professional group, the certified nurses serve as the backbone for all our breakthrough research in the field
    I just took the exams about 3 weeks ago and passed on the first try. I don't think it was easy , but I was proud of myself after I passed and I feel great to a certified oncology nurse practicing  in my field of specialty

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    Patience Aboagye RN
    Bronx NY
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  • 4.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 05-22-2019 08:02
    ​Here at our institution, the OCN certification is voluntary. However, it is strongly encouraged for the RN to become certified.  The certification requires ongoing continuing education which keeps the oncology nurse up-to-date on new EBP, oncology drugs, etc.

    I do not feel it should be required.  Our nurses use the certification to meet criteria for their merit raises. We no longer receive "cost of living" raises. Our raises are based on meeting goals.  This is a good goal to obtain and maintain.

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    Barbara Miller BSN RN OCN CCRP
    Oncology Research RN
    Tower Health - Reading Hospital
    West Reading, PA
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  • 5.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 05-22-2019 09:05

    I believe the OCN is a mark of quality, and if a cancer program chooses to set the bar at all their nurses becoming OCN, that is a good thing. I've never failed to see a colleague who was not proud of that accomplishment. If someone doesn't choose to become OCN they should choose to work at a place that doesn't require it. I also believe that if the program requires OCN, they should also support and recognize the nurses in obtaining and renewing their OCN. In my institution it is required. The program pays the fees associated with testing and recertifying. All certified nurses also get a $200 bonus once a year.

     

    Kathy

     

    Kathleen Sevedge. RN, MA, AOCN

    Director Cancer Support Services

    1240 South Cedar Crest Suite 210

    Lehigh Valley Health Network

    Allentown, PA 18103

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  • 6.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 05-22-2019 10:08
    ​I work for the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and our team performs the oncology clinical trials here at UAB.  Our patients are treated in infusion therapy units (ITU) managed by the UAB hospital and hospital leadership has recently mandated that all RN's administering treatments in these ITU areas as well as the RN's in the radiation oncology areas must become OCN certified since UAB is a Magnet hospital.  My director and I are struggling with whether we should follow suit with our RN coordinators here in the clinical studies unit.  There is a program that pays for the testing which is some agreement between UAB and ONCC so that helps defer the cost.  In the past, I was opposed to mandatory OCN since it is cost prohibitive and there are no financial benefits to the RN's who test and maintain certification.  Since the RN's can apply for this free testing, it makes it more appealing overall but I am still not sure of the benefit of having the certification other than self-gradification.  Oncology has become so complex and specialized that I think it would be difficult for all RN's involved in cancer care to be able to pass this testing since they each practice in specialized areas-chemo infusion, research, clinic, radiation, navigation, etc.  I have been certified most of my 30+ year career but have let my certification lapse at times because of being specialized (GYN ONC for 10 years) or because it was such a pain to renew it.  I am planning on retesting this year since it is easier than recertifying and I have past that deadline anyway, but I am just not totally sold on making it required if you aren't going to have compensation for that certification.



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    Mary Jerome BSN RN
    Nurse Research Manager
    University of Alabama At Birmingham
    Pinson AL
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  • 7.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 05-22-2019 10:44

    Hello,

    The OCN test is a distinction that you are certified in your field.

    I do believe it to be valuable. However, my place of employment has a Free-Take Program. This program allows us to take the test two times at our employers expense.The studying and the test are great ways to educate you to oncology and make you a better nurse.

     

     

    Jaime L. Kist RN, MSN,RN-BC, ONC

    Clinical Educator II

    Trihealth Cancer Institute

    Outpatient Clinics

    513-503-8605

     

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  • 8.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 26 days ago
    Thanks for all the responses! I feel being certified is great experience, however my facility requires it by a certain time, and only reimburses you for the test if you pass. With only a 75% pass rate, this leaves a fair amount of nurses out quite a chunk of money when they don't pass the first time. Unfortunately, this included myself, and I am out $400, looking at paying it again to retake. As a single parent, this is a lot of money for a test that gives me no raise or bonus for getting. This is forcing me to look at other job options, as if I don't pass the second time I can not stay at my facility. I have test anxiety, and this requirement and cost only adds to that. I am a very solid nurse of 23 years, only 3 in Oncology now, but I have always gotten excellent appraisals, ​I am trained and do not have an attendance issue. I love oncology, and feel it will be sad if I have to move into another field, for a certification that is set up to be voluntary.

    Just my thoughts, from someone who is probably leaving this wonderful field because of this requirement.

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    Jennifer Coates RN
    Lawrence Memorial Hosp
    Baldwin City KS
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  • 9.  RE: OCN test

    Posted 25 days ago

    Jennifer,

    I am so sorry that your organization does not see the value in helping you monetarily for this certification.

    It is completely understandable that as a single parent that is a chunk of money.

    When you search for another job, I hope you find one that is willing to invest in a nurse with your years of experience and knowledge.

    Good Luck!

     

    Jaime L. Kist RN, MSN,RN-BC, ONC

    Clinical Educator II

    Trihealth Cancer Institute

    Outpatient Clinics

    513-503-8605

     

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