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How long do you have to go to school to be an oncology nurse (including internships)?

I am a junior in high school and I would like to be an oncology nurse. #nurse #school #oncology

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Stephani’s Answer

You can become an LPN or ADN (Associates degree nurse) in 2 years, or continue on to get a Bachelor's. The BSN is 4 years, and nursing education is shifting to that many facilities and jobs are starting to looking into hiring only BSN RNs (especially in cities), so it depends. You do not have to have special schooling to be in oncology, because any type of nursing you choose will give you an orientation period to the unit where you work one on one with a nurse before you are on your own, so you will get on the job training. You may be asked to attend unit specific training after you have a job on a unit (like becoming certified to administer chemotherapy on an oncology unit), but that would be after you start working, not during school.

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Angela’s Answer

To become an oncology nurse, you would need to get your RN or BSN first. Then I would recommend for you to work on a medical/surgical unit so that you’re able to experience taking care of oncology patients in their acute state of disease. Then you can work in an outpatient clinic in which you will learn the process of disease, treatment options, as well as end of life care (hospice). With this said, working in the outpatient clinic will then provide you hours of clinical experience and then you can take a test to be a certified oncology nurse. Certified oncology nurse may not be mandatory in all clinics BUT it looks great on your resume as well as knowing that you’re credentialed as OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse). If you need any clarification, let me know.
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