Oncology Nurse Practitioner Career Guide

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Oncology Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice nurses who specialize in providing comprehensive care to patients with cancer. They play a vital role in managing and coordinating the complex care of oncology patients, from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.

Essential Job Functions:

Oncology NPs assess and diagnose cancer patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans, prescribe medications and


To become an Oncology NP, individuals must first complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and become a Registered Nurse (RN). Subsequently, they must complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a specialization in oncology.

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Related certifications

Oncology NPs typically need to obtain national certification as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC) or an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP). Experience working as an RN in oncology or a related field is highly beneficial and may be required by some employers.


Successful Oncology NPs possess a deep understanding of cancer biology, treatment modalities and symptom management. They must have excellent clinical judgment, critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate sensitively with patients and families. Proficiency in utilizing advanced technologies for diagnosis and treatment is essential.

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Oncology NPs have a wide range of responsibilities, including conducting physical assessments, performing procedures (e.g., biopsies), managing chemotherapy regimens, evaluating treatment responses, managing pain and symptoms, providing psychological support and assisting patients in making informed decisions about their care.

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Oncology Nurse Practitioner

The average salary for a Oncology Nurse Practitioner is $3,256.00 per week.

Last updated on September 25, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming an Oncology NP offers numerous advantages. Oncology NPs have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of cancer patients and their families. The field is intellectually stimulating, with ongoing advancements in treatments and research. Additionally, the demand for oncology services is expected to grow as the population ages.

However, the role comes with challenges. Working with patients

Oncology Nurse Practitioner Jobs

View job details for Mount Pleasant, TXTravel ContractMount Pleasant, TXTravel Nurse Practitioner - OncologyNurses First Solutions$3,362/wk
View job details for Mount Pleasant, TXTravel ContractMount Pleasant, TXTravel Nurse Practitioner - OncologyAnders Group$3,150/wk
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View job details for Mary Washington HealthcareStaff PositionMary Washington HealthcareNurse Practitioner - OncologyMary Washington Oncology, VA$52-65/hr
Posted 6 days ago
View job details for Brighton, COLocum TenensBrighton, COLocum Tenens Nurse Practitioner - OncologyVista Staffing$100-109/hr
Posted 10 days ago

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