An oncology nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in the treatment of cancer patients. Oncology nurses, also called hematology/oncology nurses, care for patients of all ages who have been diagnosed with cancer and help them navigate complex treatment protocols and manage cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. Oncology is a challenging, yet rewarding, field that offers career-long learning and professional growth.
Oncology nursing is a top recruited specialty on NurseFly, where you’ll find hundreds of oncology travel nursing jobs at prestigious locations around the country.
Oncology nurse salary
Like RNs in every field, the demand for nurses specially trained to work in oncology continues to rise, along with salaries. According to PayScale, the average annual wage for oncology nurses is $71,349, which breaks down to about $1,372 weekly and $34 hourly, based on a 40-hour work week.
NurseFly data from 2019 showed an average weekly salary of $1,599 for oncology travel nurses. However, travel nurses who claim a permanent tax home may earn more through stipends that are typically tax-free. Extra compensations include housing allowances, meal stipends, and health care.
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Hematology/Oncology Nurse FAQs
What are the best agencies for Hematology/Oncology Nurse jobs?
The agencies on NurseFly that currently have the most Hematology/Oncology Nurse jobs are Stability Healthcare (89), MedPro Healthcare Staffing (74), and KPG Healthcare (63).
How Much Do Hematology/Oncology Nurse Jobs Pay?
For jobs available on NurseFly as of Sunday, November 29th 2020, the average weekly pay for Hematology/Oncology Nurse jobs is $1,939, but can pay up to $3,276 per week. In 2020, Hematology/Oncology Nurses jobs on Nursefly paid a gross average weekly pay of $1,736 per week working an average of 36 hours per week. This includes non-taxable compensation like living stipends, meal stipends, and housing which add up to an average value of $1,145 per week.
- min - $1,285
- avg - $1,939
- max - $3,276
What does an oncology nurse do?
Oncology nurses work within an interdisciplinary team to provide curative and palliative treatments for all types of cancers and blood disorders, along with the appropriate interventions. They devise and implement care plans to reach determined goals and provide the best outcomes. They administer chemotherapy, medications, and IVs through various methods. A primary responsibility is patient monitoring and assessment, including before and after chemotherapy and assessing complications from treatment to manage immediate and long-term side effects. They also educate, counsel, and support patients and their families regarding their ongoing care and emotional states.
Where do oncology nurses work?
Oncology nurses may work at midsize to large hospitals that have oncology departments. They may also work at dedicated cancer treatment centers or ambulatory clinics that provide cancer treatments.
What skills make a good oncology nurse?
Oncology nurses must have in-depth knowledge of all types of cancers and the expected side effects of all types of cancer treatments. They must possess advanced clinical skills to treat various cancers and manage complications that arise from treatment. Top skills for a good oncology nurse often involve interpersonal and other soft skills, which include active listening skills to ensure patients understand their disease, treatment options, and potential outcomes.
Oncology nurses must also have comprehensive health assessment skills to monitor patients’ physical, mental, and emotional health. Communication skills are also a must to effectively convey information to doctors, other medical staff, patients, and patients’ family members. Compassion and empathy are highly desirable interpersonal skills to form healthy nurse-patient relations, which are especially vital during end of life care.
How to become an Oncology Travel Nurse?
To become an oncology travel nurse, applicants must first earn an ADN or a BSM from an accredited nursing program. Upon graduation, they must take and pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and complete Basic Life Support certification. Some facilities may also require Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. They can also demonstrate advanced knowledge in oncology with Oncology Certified Nurse and Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse designations through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation can expand career opportunities. Transitioning to travel oncology nursing also often requires two years of recent experience.