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.
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.
Kathleen Sevedge. RN, MA, AOCN
Director Cancer Support Services
1240 South Cedar Crest Suite 210
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, PA 18103
Ph # 610-402-0033
Fax # 610-402-0504
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
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.