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What's the type of schooling will you need to become a pediatric oncologist nurse?

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Tonya’s Answer

The excellent high-quality care a nurse can bring to a child, family, and community in pediatric oncology nurse is one of the best and challenging experiences. Thank you for asking such a great question.

First, I want to define when you say nurse, there are Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The bachelor’s degree is for the RNs. The associate degree can be for RNs and LPNs. There are more job opportunities for RNs in pediatric oncology and other specialties.
In addition to the degree, while in nursing school a nursing student could have the opportunity to work in a summer nursing internship program and complete a senior year practicum experience. This is where a nursing student can request for an experience in a pediatric oncology unit in a hospital or in a setting outside of a hospital (ambulatory setting) where pediatric patients who need oncology care visit. The experience can provide an opportunity to experience what it is like to work within the specialty. While in high school, there may be volunteer opportunities in a healthcare setting or for an organization that works with children who are diagnosed with cancer/recovering. After school, the nursing student would take the exam to become a RN (NCLEX exam), work within the specialty, complete specialty courses for administering chemotherapy and care for patients in this specialty. Additionally, the nurse should achieve their specialty nursing certification in pediatric oncology. Then, there is also the opportunity to become a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist and focus on pediatric oncology as well and earn a master’s in nursing or Doctorate.

I included four resources below including sites for nursing school, pediatric oncology, and pediatric oncology nursing certification.

Resources:
*Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)
Website: https://aphon.org/

*Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (2021)
Website: https://www.oncc.org/certifications/certified-pediatric-hematology-oncology-nurse-cphon

Searching for Nursing Schools:
* American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2021). Find Accredited Programs. https://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE-Accreditation/Overview-of-Accreditation/Find-Accredited-Programs

* Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (2021). Search ACEN Accredited Nursing Programs.
http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm
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James’s Answer

most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on pediatric oncology nurse resumes include master's degree degrees or doctoral degree degrees.
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