SALLY ACTON SUCCESSFULLY RENEWS ONCOLOGY CERTIFIED NURSE CREDENTIAL
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February 28, 2012
Sally Acton, RN, BSN, OCN, MSM, Director of Cancer and Pain Services at Schneck Medical Center, successfully renewed her oncology nursing certification.
Sally has been with Schneck since 1977. She has extensive experience in the care and treatment of cancer patients and has worked in Schneck’s Cancer Center since 1986, and been certified since 1989.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Points Renewal Option (ONC-PRO) allows nurses to accumulate points toward certification renewal by completing professional development activities. Points can be obtained through continuing nursing education, continuing medical education, academic education, presentations, publications, precepting, or volunteer service.
Initial OCN® Certification is obtained by successfully passing the OCN® Examination, which tests the knowledge necessarily for the nurse to practice competently at the basic level, within the specialty of adult oncology nursing.
Oncology nursing certification is available to nurses who have a current, active, unrestricted RN license; a minimum of 12 months of experience as an RN within the three years prior to application; a minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice within the two-and-one-half years prior to application, and completed a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education in the specialty of oncology nursing or an academic elective in oncology nursing.
Certification for oncology nursing was introduced at the 1986 ONS Congress in Los Angeles, CA, where 1,384 registered nurses passed the first examination. Since that time, nearly 60,000 nurses have taken the examination. Currently, more than 28,000 nurses hold the OCN® credential.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, an affiliated corporation of the Oncology Nursing Society, develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. The mission of ONCC is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties.