Oncology Nursing Society National Certification
In its position statement on the value of specialty nursing certification, the American Board of Nursing Specialties states that certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes. ABNS believes that the increasingly complex patient/client needs within the current healthcare delivery system, are best met when registered nurses, certified in specialty practice, provide nursing care (American Board of Nursing Specialties).
According to the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, nurses who achieve national certification in oncology (cancer) nursing have met or exceeded requirements for practice in cancer care, have completed education in oncology nursing, and have a tested knowledge of the specialty. Certification in oncology nursing is based on current professional practice, so it validates that a nurse’s knowledge is up-to-date (Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation).
At the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, 85 percent of registered nurses who care for breast cancer patients are certified in oncology nursing by the Oncology Nursing Society in 2008.