5 Benefits of Getting Your Oncology Nurse Certification
By Elizabeth Marcant, Contributor
Specialists in nursing tend to earn more money and are
more likely to be able to work with the patient populations they most want to
serve. Read why you should pursue an oncology nurse certification and reap the
benefits of this extra credential.
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5 reasons to consider
earning an oncology nurse certification
From higher potential pay rates to internal confidence,
here are some benefits that make the hard work worthwhile.
1. Increased salary through
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs across
the nation make an average annual salary of $70,000 per year.
That's a good pay rate, but your experience, education and specialty can
increase your compensation.
For example, Salary.com data indicates that general staff
nurses in Dallas, TX, make $61,602 on average, but oncology nurses in the same city make anaverage of $73,527. It's a trend across the nation that specializing
increases RN wages, and with more than 1.7 million new cases ofcancer annually, oncology nurses can find work across the nation.
2. Oncology nurse certifications
help you beat applicant tracking systems
A certification helps differentiate your resume from
the dozens or hundreds of others that may be coming through the application
process. Including certifications and the rightskill sets can help ensure your resume includes the keywords
necessary to pass applicant tracking systems. These are automated systems
programmed to look for key phrases in resumes and only pass through the
applicants that match those criteria.
3. Certifications boost
your marketability as a nurse
A study originally published in Nursing Management
notes that 95 percent of certified nurses and 86 percent of noncertified nurses
agreed that holdinga certification increases an RNs ability to market himself or
herself. The majority of nursing professionals seem to agree that a
certification demonstrates more than specific knowledge: it also indicates
competency, accountability and ambition. All these traits make you a more
attractive employee for many organizations.
4. Patient confidence in your work
More than half of the nurses in the same study (both
those who held certification and those who did not) agreed that certifications
can help boost patient confidence in an RN's work. For cancer patients, who may
be facing some of the scariest decisions or situations of their entire lives,
knowing the nurse working with them has an oncology certification can be
comforting. It tells the patient that you are so passionate about caring for
individuals with cancer that you took time to seek additional education and
skills. It also provides patients and their family members peace of mind that
you are qualified in the niche because you proved it via the certification exam
5. Self-satisfaction and
In the Nursing Management study, 95 percent of nurses
with certifications reported that going through the process to obtain the extra
credentials provided intrinsic rewards. Those included feelings of personal
accomplishment and self-satisfaction, validation of nursing knowledge and
increased confidence on the job. These types of internal benefits can help you
enjoy your work more, reduce burnout and approach challenges with increased
confidence — all of which can result in external rewards such as promotions,
increased access to desirable assignments or more pay.
If helping cancer patients is one reason you got into
nursing, consider making the effort to earn your oncology nurse certification.
The extra credentials help ensure you can always find work doing what you're
passionate about, and the other potential benefits aren't bad either.