Pediatric Oncology Nurse

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Basic description

The pediatric oncology nurse—a highly specialized and sensitive role—delivers care to those pediatric patients who are receiving cancer treatment. Specific responsibilities include preparing patients for chemotherapy, administering palliative treatment, and collaborating with other members of the health care team.

Educational requirements

Registered nurse license and Basic Life Support certification are required; Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification is required for most positions; certification is offered by the
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

Core competencies/skills needed

■ Knowledge of pediatric oncology
■ Knowledge of safe handling of chemotherapeutic drugs
■ Excellent communication, interpersonal, and assessment skills
■ Flexibility and sensitivity of the unique needs of the pediatric oncology patients

Related Web sites and professional organizations

■ Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses (www.apon.org)
■ Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (www.oncc.org)
■ Oncology Nursing Society (www.ons.org)

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