How to Prepare for a Career in Oncology Nursing

July 10, 2019

Oncology care is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, nursing careers that offers opportunities to care for patients in all stages of life. It’s a chance to help guide and support your patients through one of the most difficult times in their lives and be inspired by their determination, hope, and faith.

The career possibilities as an oncology nurse are endless. You can care for patients in the hospital by disease type, take on roles that help patients navigate their cancer care, give infusions as a clinic nurse, care for patients receiving radiation therapy, work in education or as nurse scientists, and so much more.

As the professional home to more than 35,000 nurses, ONS has been advancing excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care for more than 40 years and provides resources curated specifically to help prepare student nurses for a rewarding career in oncology nursing. Plus, as a student, your ONS membership is free!

The benefits of student membership ( include local chapter membership, career resources, free online courses, scholarships, and subscriptions to three award-winning publications. These resources can help you prepare for the transition into the nursing workforce and into the gratifying specialty of oncology nursing.

In addition to joining ONS as a free student member (, here are some more actions you can take to jump start your oncology nursing career:

You have taken the first step by reading this article. Now, create your plan and move into action to land your dream job as an oncology nurse!

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