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Certified Oncology Nurses

Cancer is a complex chronic disease that requires special medical attention. This includes intervention by nurses at every step of the disease process. The changing scientific and technological advances in cancer care require nurses to know more and do more. Therefore, the competence of nurses is critically important.

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center recognizes the importance of quality cancer care by encouraging oncology certification by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corp. (ONCC) for all of its oncology nurses. Oncology nursing certification validates that nurses have met stringent requirements for knowledge and experience and are qualified to provide competent oncology care. As a result, certification offers patients confidence and satisfaction with the nursing care they receive, leading to peace of mind.

Healthcare consumers have a right to know the qualifications of those who are responsible for their care. Registered Nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible to take the Oncology Certification Exam:

  • Current active RN licensure

  • A minimum of one year's experience as an RN, within the last three years prior to application

  • A minimum of 1,000 hours of oncology nursing practice within the 2.5 years prior to application

  • Ten contact hours of continuing education in the specialty of oncology nursing

The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center is staffed with chemotherapy-certified and Oncology Certified Nurses, with a continuous goal of supporting and increasing its OCN status. The cancer center is committed to providing quality care to its patients, and to its nursing and medical staff. For more information on standards of oncology care and certification, visit the Oncology Nurse Society Web site at www.ons.org.

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1401 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
(815) 968-4400
patientfeedback@swedishamerican.org

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