Surgical Oncology Nurse Career Guide

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Surgical Oncology Registered Nurses (RNs) are specialized healthcare professionals who play a crucial role in the care and treatment of cancer patients undergoing surgical procedures. They provide comprehensive and compassionate care, ensuring that patients receive optimal treatment and support throughout their cancer journey.

Essential Job Functions:

Surgical Oncology RNs are responsible for coordinating and providing care to patients before, during


Aspiring Surgical Oncology RNs typically need to obtain a nursing degree, such as an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited nursing program. Many healthcare facilities prefer or require a BSN due to the complexity of care in oncology.

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Related certifications

To work in the specialized field of Surgical Oncology nursing, RNs often need to gain experience in medical-surgical nursing and obtain certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse (ONC) through organizations like the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). The ONCC also offers an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN) certification for RNs who have an extensive knowledge base

State licenses process and requirements

All 50 states require state licensure to become a professional nurse. Review the step-by-step process to obtain or renew your RN license in each one.
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Staff and Travel Surgical Oncology RNs must possess a deep understanding of cancer treatments, surgical procedures and the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients. Strong critical thinking, communication and empathy skills are essential. They also require proficiency in administering chemotherapy, managing complex patient cases and providing education and support to patients and their families.

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Surgical Oncology RNs are responsible for assessing patients' health status, administering medications and treatments, monitoring patients during and after surgery, educating patients about their condition and treatment plans and collaborating with the healthcare team to develop and implement comprehensive care plans.

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Surgical Oncology Nurse

The average salary for a Surgical Oncology Nurse is $2,251.23 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a Surgical Oncology RN offers many rewards. It allows nurses to make a significant impact on the lives of cancer patients, provide personalized care and witness the positive outcomes of surgical interventions. The field is intellectually stimulating and continually evolving.

However, the role comes with challenges, including emotional demands due to the nature of cancer care, exposure to difficult cases

Surgical Oncology Nurse Jobs

View job details for Bristol, TNTravel ContractBristol, TNTravel Nurse RN - Surgical OncologyPlanet Healthcare$1,901/wk
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View job details for Alexandria, LATravel ContractAlexandria, LATravel Nurse RN - Surgical OncologyHealthTrust Workforce Solutions$1,802/wk
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Posted 11 days ago
View job details for Bristol, TNTravel ContractBristol, TNTravel Nurse RN - Surgical OncologyLeaderStat$1,836/wk
View job details for Rochester, NYTravel ContractRochester, NYTravel Nurse RN - Surgical OncologyAnders Group$2,669/wk
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Posted 4 days ago

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