Reply To: Hem/Onc Nurse requirements

  • Dena Mitchell

    May 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    For ambulatory:


    Specific requirements:  New hires-oncology experience preferred but not required.  In order to administer chemo, they must have current chemo/bio certification.  They also initially complete a chemo administration class (internal) and a skills check-off  before administering independently regardless of certification. 


    BM transplant class (this does not preclude caring for a BMT in ambulatory)

    Annual BMT education (content changes annually based on learning needs and/or new practices and modalities)


    We have a list of skill check offs and reviews that our hospital completes annually.  Amongst those on the list that are particularly pertinent for hem/onc include :

    ·         CLABSI prevention:  mediport access, central line dressing change, line entry, cap change along with a series of questions for discussion

    ·         Chemo/bio safe handling including PPE

    ·         Chemotherapy administration



    Dena Mitchell  RN  CPON  | Assistant Nurse Manager

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    ——Original Message——

    Good Morning!  

    1. Does your institution have specific requirements for hem/onc RNs? 
    2.  Does your institution have yearly expectations for hem/onc RNs?

    Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


    Sarah Walding, BSN, RN, CPN
    Clinical Practice Specialist
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Advocate Children’s Hospital Park Ridge