Travel nursing is a lucrative and rewarding job for those able to pursue the lifestyle. You will be able to live in unique places for an established period and provide your skills and expertise to a hospital, clinic, or office that wants to work with you. One in-demand travel nurse specialty is oncology. Oncology nurses work with cancer patients in a variety of ways. Here’s what it would take for you to become an oncology travel nurse.
What is Oncology Nursing?
An oncology nurse is a registered nurse specializing in the care of patients with cancer through collaboration with the physicians and other medical professionals. Their experience can be varied as cancer patients will require different levels of care, both acute and chronic. Cancer can also be progressive, so different oncology nurses may care for patients at different stages of their illness.
Education and Certification Requirements
To become an oncology nurse, you need to have completed the education and certification requirements to be a registered nurse. Many will get a bachelor’s or even go on to get a master’s degree. From there, there are a variety of certifications available, including:
- Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)
- Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS)
- Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN)
And more, including specializations in pediatrics or specific types of cancer.
Demand for Oncology Travel Nurses
There will always be a high demand for oncology nurses in travel positions. Highly specialized positions such as this have a massive need in areas around the country. These positions will have high pay rates and the opportunity to travel to new areas of the country and even the world.
How to Find a Travel Nurse Job
If you believe that travel nursing is right for you as an oncology nurse or to build your experience before specializing, your first step is to connect with a staffing agency. Recruiters who specialize in travel nursing can work with you to complete all the necessary steps, find the right opportunity, and help you find the resources to start your job.
Call Fortus Healthcare Resources to see what travel assignments we’re working on today, or browse our online portal and apply to an opportunity that interests you.