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- Who is eligible for the program?
Graduates of an approved BSN program with a strong desire to work with oncology patients, outstanding references and an excellent academic profile will be considered for this exceptional program.
- When do you apply?
Please check back on our website in January, 2015, for the most current information.
- How do you apply?
The following required components must be mailed together to John Lavery:
- Professional resume
- Two clinical letters of reference utilizing form available
Form link: Letter of Reference Form. PDF
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- Recent medical-surgical instructor - required
- Another clinical instructor
- Short essay (less than 150 words) answering the following question: Why should you be considered as a candidate for the Nurse Residency Transition Program? Include what you have to offer patients and families at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
- Copy of your transcript (unofficial is acceptable), including your most recent grades
- How long is the Nurse Residency Transition Program?
The program is a year in length with 6 months counting as non-productive time (Although a paid employee, you do not count in staffing numbers, allowing sufficient time for your preceptor supervised orientation.) A two year employment commitment is requested of all graduate nurses.
- What about "boards"?
You may apply prior to boards but you will not be interviewed until we have proof that you passed the NCLEX. The position requires a valid PA license.
- What will my schedule be like?
The first six months consist of mostly day shifts. The nurse follows the preceptor's schedule including his/her rotation. If the preceptor does not rotate, the nurse will be assigned a second preceptor for an evening/night shift rotation.
- What specialty areas are available?
Nurse positions are available in the all inpatient oncology units (medical and surgical), Inpatient Clinical Trial Unit, Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Room. All RNs in the Nurse Residency Transition Program may participate in observation days in specialty areas (Interventional Radiology, Radiation Therapy, Infusion Room, Post-Anesthesia Care, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Endoscopy).
- The OR Track will include additional coursework and necessary clinical skills to prepare you for functioning fully as a perioperative nurse.
- What educational opportunities are available?
RNs have the opportunity to attend our nationally recognized continuing education programs including a 3-day Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course.
- Will I become certified in oncology?
No, oncology certification is administered through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, an extension of the Oncology Nursing Society. You must have a minimum of 1000 hours of oncology nursing practice, 1 year experience as an RN and 10 continuing education contact hours of oncology content to be eligible to take the certification exam.
- Will I become certified in chemotherapy?
Yes, we provide the Oncology Nursing Society's Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Course.
- Who is the contact person if I have questions about applying for the program?