Oncology Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurses work with physicians and other members of the health care team to provide care for patients with cancer in a wide variety of settings such as hospitals and clinics. Oncology LPN/LVNs care for chronically or critically ill cancer patients. They administer chemotherapy, monitor their patient’s progress and implement new methods of symptom treatment. The LPN/LVN must also create a supportive environment. Educating cancer patients about treatment options, procedures and particularities of the disease is a large portion of what the Oncology LPN/LVN does. S/he must stay on top of modern advancements and new treatment methods constantly and be prepared to work with patients who have been diagnosed with life threatening conditions. Emotional stability is required in order to help patients and their families work through the treatment process and cope with the death of the patient should treatment fail.
It is said that nurses are the heart of health care. In particular the field of oncology nursing is probably one of the most rewarding and challenging fields in nursing. Oncology Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurses are the ones who are there for the patient with cancer during the most intimate and difficult moments in their life. The LPN/LVN is the one at the patient’s bedside, educating and encouraging them. They are the ones communicating with the physician, keeping the patient safe and coordinating the care. Nurses join the nursing profession for a reason. They are the caregivers, healers, and helpers of the world. When the LPN/LVN chooses oncology as their work setting they must understand they will face many challenges. During the time when the patient needs help the LPN/LVN is the one who will be there.
The Oncology LPN/LVN specializes in caring for patients who have cancer. Oncology nurses are often the patient’s first line of communication and will help coordinate many aspects of patient care throughout the cancer treatments.
Oncology Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurses can provide care in a variety of settings. These could be private practices, outpatient clinics, hospitals, long term care facilities and more. The scope of Oncology nursing reaches from prevention and early detection, to treatment, through symptom management and palliative care.
The Oncology Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse must have a cancer-specific base of knowledge and clinical expertise in care of cancer patients beyond what is acquired through a basic nursing program. Nurses will typically meet specific eligibility criteria and pass an exam to become oncology certified. Advanced certification requires a master’s degree or higher in nursing, many hours of supervised clinical practice and sometimes additional training