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  • 1.  ONC

    Posted 9 days ago
    I am interested in becoming a certified oncology nurse. Asking for guidance... where to start?
    thank you

    Nancy Wannall RN
    Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
    Tallahassee FL

  • 2.  RE: ONC

    Posted 8 days ago
    ​Hi Nancy,
    I am an educator for the Trihealth Cancer Institute in Cincinnati,
    Have you gone to the ANCC site and looked at the requirements?
    You do need CE's and a specified amount of work time as an oncology nurse.
    There are several study guides on the market. The one I have my nurses is use Mometrix Test Prep OCN exam Secrets Study Guide.
    This includes a practice test and is written out by categories. The book even has some study tips. If you have passed the NCLEX you know your study habits! There are many out there that are helpful! This is just the one that my nurses have used. This is by no means an advertisement. :). I hope this helps. Good Luck!

    Jaime. L. Kist RN, MSN, RN-BC, ONC
    Oncology Nurse Educator II Outpatient
    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 3.  RE: ONC

    Posted 8 days ago
    Nancy, Congratulations on your decision to seek OCN certification. I have been certified since 1992 have found it to be rewarding personally, professionally and a source of pride,  Additionally, patients are glad to know that they are being cared for by an oncology certified nurse. You can find a host of information on the ONCC website which details the number of hours of practice and other requirements. You can also find the application, practice tests, testing information, cost, and helpful hints in becoming certified. There is also a phone number where you can connect with a certification specialist should you require additional information. Good luck, I am sure that you will find certification to be a reward both personally and professionally.

    Dennis DeLong RN BSN
    Practice Nurse
    Augusta GA

  • 4.  RE: ONC

    Posted 4 days ago

    Thank you, Dennis!


  • 5.  RE: ONC

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Nancy!  My name is Gigi Robison, and I worked at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH for almost 27 years.  I was certified as OCN in 1990, 1994, and 1998, and I have been certified as AOCN since 1997.
     I like Jaimie's ideas!!! Also, you will want to go to the ONCC website and review the requirements:  CEs (10) and work experience.  Look at the Test Blue Print - there can be test questions on all of the topics listed.  I have found that the ONS Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing is VERY helpful, and the Study Guide that accompanies it is invaluable.  Maybe find 1-2 other persons who want to get certified, and share resources and study together.
    Another hint is:  Go to ONCC website, do a free Practice Test, and see what your strengths and weaknesses are.  For your studying, focus on your weaknesses.  I have found in my own experience, and many nurses have told me, that doing Practice Tests are very helpful.  ONCC also has practice tests that you can purchase.  Another recommendation is to attend a review course.  For example, I have taught a course entitled: "Oncology Nursing Certification Review Course" since the mid-1990's.  Classes are helpful because you have the auditory component of the presentation to help you remember  the content better.
    Congrats on making the decision to get certified!!!  And good luck to you!
    Gigi Robison, MSN, APRN-CNS, AOCN

    Jeanene Robison MSN
    Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
    The Christ Hospital
    Cincinnati OH