The Unique Role of the Oncology Nurse
Oncology nursing is a unique specialty that requires specific knowledge of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of cancer and its effects on individuals and families. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in partnership with RWJBarnabas health is the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Part of this distinction is the ability of cancer care teams, including oncology nurses, to provide the most advanced treatment options to patients. This often requires specialized knowledge, skills and continuing education in oncology for our providers.
Sri Kota, MSN, BA, RN, OCN, nurse clinician in the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute, has been working to prepare and coach registered nurses to become certified in oncology nursing, which translates to an enhanced level of care for cancer patients. She shares insight on the role of the oncology nurse and importance of this certification.