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Press Release Archive (2016)

Nurses at The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital Earn Advanced Credentials

 Lowell, MA - The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is pleased to announce that three members of their nursing staff recently earned their Oncology Certified Nurse credentials.

Ellen Hansbury, RN, OCN, of Chelmsford (left); Peg Bailey, RN, OCN of Haverhill (center); and Theresa Camacho, RN, OCN, of Lowell (right); nurses at The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital, recently successfully completed the Oncology Certified Nurses (OCN) exam.

Peg Bailey, RN, OCN, of Haverhill, Theresa Camacho, RN, OCN, of Lowell, and Ellen Hansbury, RN, OCN, of Chelmsford have successfully passed their OCN exam. This extensive credentialing process measures knowledge in chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical approaches to the treatment of cancer. It also requires a thorough knowledge of the scientific, genetic and psychosocial aspects of cancer care.

To be eligible for the OCN exam, nurses must meet stringent criteria, including completion of 10 contact hours of accredited continuing education over the previous three years and a minimum of 1,000 hours of oncology nursing experience in the two and a half years prior to application.

The OCN exam is one of a series of certification exams developed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), founded by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). The ONCC defines national competency standards for oncology nursing as a specialty, and through these exams, establishes a mechanism to recognize nurses who meet the rigorous criteria.

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