How to Become an Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Should I Become an Oncology Nurse Practitioner?
Oncology Nurse Certification
Oncology NP Resources
An oncology nurse is a nurse that provides optimal care for people with all types of cancer. They do this by administering treatment, medication, education and assistance to the patients that they work with. Oncology nurses have completed the level of education needed to retain their certification by sitting for an exam administered by the ONCC. With their certification, it is expected that they carry out their practice to the highest level of standards and ethics.
Direct patient care is at the forefront of the duties of oncology nurse practitioners. They work to treat cancer patients and assist them to varying degrees, depending on their needs. Their duties may be related to screening, research, management, cancer prevention, education, administration and much more.
It is no question that oncology nurse practitioners juggle plenty of responsibilities. They work with new patients and address both individuals and families. While the work of an oncology nurse practitioner can be rewarding, juggling these responsibilities may not be suitable for everyone. Whether or not the demands of the job can be handled depends on the individual.
While there is no reported salary for an oncology nurse practitioner, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does report on nurse practitioner salaries and outlooks. The median annual pay for nurse practitioners in 2020 was $111,680. Pay varies by employer, location, number of years of experience, specialization and a host of other factors. For example, the annual salary for a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner, a NP that works with children with cancer, will differ from that of an oncology nurse.
To view more NP salary data and how it compares other nursing positions, visit our Nurse Salary page.