(left), RN, shares a laugh with Mercy Cancer Care Unit of Hope patient Connie Seabolt. Wood recently earned OCN credentials.(Submitted Photo)
A certification in oncology nursing is the formal recognition of specialized knowledge, skills and experience in nursing. It is demonstrated by achieving standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote health outcomes. Certification also assures the patient that a nurse has completed all eligibility criteria to earn a specific credential.
It promotes the development of specialty nursing by establishing minimum competency standards and recognizing those who have met the standards.
Moreover, certification can help patients feel confident about their caregivers. To patients with cancer and their families, certification means the nurse is a qualified caregiver.
The mission of the ONCC is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties. All ONCC certifications are nationally accredited, a news release said.
To be eligible for the ONCC exam, the candidate must be a current, active unrestricted RN; have a minimum of 12 months experience as an RN within the three years prior to application; have a minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice within 30 months prior to the application; and have completed a minimum of 10 contact hours of continuing nursing education or academic elective in oncology nursing within the three years prior to application.
To learn more about Mercy's Cancer Care Unit of Hope services, contact Wood at (620) 223-8589, or visit mercy.net/fortscottks.