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Cancer Center nurses receive providership

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By The Staff

The entire oncology nursing staff at Taylor Regional Hospital's Cancer Center recently attended and passed the two day intensive course given by the Oncology Nursing Society in order to become chemotherapy/biotherapy providers.

The Oncology Nursing Society's chemotherapy and biotherapy course provides a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer cytotoxic and biotherapeutic agents. Each participant is required to score 80 percent or above to pass the course and then must update and renew every two years.

Those who completing the course were Sherri Angel, Marion Caldwell, Jennifer Ferguson, Angela McCoy, Sandy Simpson, Debbie Spalding, Mary Tena Smith and Lyndi Tarter.

In 1984, ONS founded the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation to develop, administer and evaluate programs for the certification of oncology nurses. The OCN - Oncology Certified Nurse - Examination tests the basic oncology nursing knowledge of the professional nurse. More than 20,000 nurses hold the OCN credential. The AOCN - Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse - Examination tests knowledge of advanced practice nursing in oncology. More than 1,400 oncology nurses hold the AOCN credential.

Caldwell and Simpson are also oncology certified nurses.