Oncology Nursing

Oncology Nursing

Oncology nursing is a specialty that deals with oncology patients. Oncology nurse is a specialized nurse who care for cancer patients and  look after  their needs during the disease screening, preventive practice, symptom management, retain normal functions, supportive measures upon end of life. They require advanced certifications and clinical experience in oncology more than a typical baccalaureate nursing program. The nurse must also educate the patient on their condition, side effects, treatment, and its plan and prevent possible complications. There are a variety of specialties such as radiation, pediatric, gynecologic and surgery. They have the advanced knowledge of assessing the patient’s status and from this they can develop a multi-disciplinary medical team which helps in planning and performing treatment plan. This education should be done throughout the treatment of the disease according to the understanding of patient because the patient should be very cautious about the state of the disease, therapy involved in it, serious ness and side effects, and complications of the disease. Oncology nurses should have appropriate training in the administration, handling, side effects and dosing of chemotherapy. Nurses must be able to manage many side effects associated with cancer and the treatment. To become an oncology nurse they must complete an entry-level nursing program. An oncology nurse will have chance to develop deep relationships with people as you care for them throughout their cancer journey. Many people are making transition from cancer patient cancer survivor. Oncology nurses have important roles to play along the cancer care. Certifications also help nurses demonstrate their knowledge in oncology. Oncology nursing is warding field with challenges on many levels: ever-changing knowledge and technology requirements in a continually evolving area of medicine and having faced emotionally charged situations as a part of one’s daily work. The oncology nurse has an opportunity to grow both professionally and personally forming deep and trusting relationships with patients and families overtime. Nurses pursue and advanced practice role in oncology nursing, the path is typically to choose a patient population as your focus, with a sub specialty in oncology. In many work settings oncology nurses will learn safety precautions regarding caring for patients undergoing procedures and treatments where there is potential exposure to radiation and toxic substances including chemotherapy. While self-care and maintaining personal/professional life balance are critical for all nurses, it is especially important for the oncology nurse to regularly practice self –care, incorporating activities that bring physical, emotional, and spiritual renewal. Nursing certification offer a chemotherapy/ bio therapy training course available to any oncology nurse to ensure the safe administration and management of side effects of chemotherapy and bio therapy agents. Nurses must have extensive knowledge of pharmacological and non-pharmacological nursing interventions and when they are appropriate to use. Oncology field is the difference in the early days of cancer treatment, with many treatment options, better pain control and reduced treatment side effects.

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