Oncology Nurse

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Job Summary

An Oncology Nurse is a Registered Nurse who cares for critically or chronically ill cancer patients. Oncology Nurses may specialise in areas such as breast cancer or paediatric haematology/oncology and perform a range of duties such as:

  • Coordinating and administering treatments such as chemotherapy and monitor progress
  • Assessing and managing patient's pain levels
  • Educating patients about available treatments and issues related to the disease
  • Supporting patients and their  families throughout the treatment process
  • Updating professional knowledge relating to available chemotherapy drugs and side effects

 

Personal Qualities

Oncology Nurses require compassion and strong interpersonal and communication skills and they also need to be emotionally resilient as they assist patients and their families to cope with the treatment regime and the possibility of adverse outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

Oncology Nurses require a nursing degree and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Completion of postgraduate study in oncology nursing is highly regarded and is often required for employment, as is previous experience in the field.

Principal Employment Sectors and Industry

Oncology Nurses work in a variety of settings, from inpatient wards, to bone marrow transplant units, through to the community.