Nancy Distefano Receives Oncology Nurse Certification
Applicants must pass a stringent exam to gain certification
February 8, 2010
Nancy Distefano, RN, ONC, has received oncology nurse certification by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). ONCC, the certifying body for oncology nursing, develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification and meets all standards established by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.
Distefano has worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse for nearly five years and has worked in the Oncology Department for three years. She received her nursing degree from CMMC School of Nursing in 2005.
Applicants must pass a stringent exam to gain certification. “The exam tests the knowledge necessary for the nurse to practice competently within the specialty of oncology nursing,” said Mary Keane, Outpatient Director.
Oncology certified nurses 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.
“We are very proud of Nancy for achieving this prestigious national designation,” added Keane. “As cancer treatments become more complex, oncology certified nurses have both the knowledge and experience to deliver that care effectively. She is the fourth nurse at Franklin Memorial to become certified, which is impressive for a hospital of this size.”
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