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OCN® Exam Review

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Course Description

This program is designed for oncology nurses seeking a general oncology review in preparation for the ONCC® OCN Exam. We will focus on the following categories from the 2016 OCN blueprint: cancer epidemiology, health promotion and cancer screening, scientific basis for practice, treatment modalities, symptom management, psychosocial care, oncologic emergencies, palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship. This is not meant to be an introductory course, but rather a comprehensive review of basic oncology nursing practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills and strategies.
  • Review the assessment and diagnostic findings associated with oncology conditions and diagnoses.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in the management and care of patients across the cancer trajectory.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation and evidence-based intervention of common oncologic emergencies.
  • Identify models of survivorship in oncology practice.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Welcome and Introduction, Test-Taking Strategies
    OCN Eligibility | Application and Testing Process | Study Resources | Test Anxiety | Test-Taking Tips
  • Epidemiology, Screening and Prevention
    Terms and Concepts | Incidence and Mortality | Levels of Prevention | Health Promotion | Screening | Early Detection | Risk Factors | Attributable Risk | Risk Assessment
  • Scientific Basis for Oncology Practice
    Carcinogenesis | Genetics and Genomics | Cancer Grading and Staging | Cancer Types | Clinical Trials 
  • Treatment Modalities and Nursing Implications
    Surgery | Radiation Therapy | Chemotherapy | Biologics and Targeted Therapies | Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Symptoms Management
    Patterns | Toxicity & Grading Scales | Hematologic | Gastrointestinal | Genitourinary | Integumentary |  Cardiopulmonary Function | Neurologic Function | Musculoskeletal Function | Nutrition | Pain |  Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Follow-up Questions, Introduction
  • Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
    Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Emotional Distress and Supportive Care | Risk Factors and Interventions | Fertility | Sexuality | Coping Mechanisms and Cultural Issues 
  • Metabolic Oncologic Emergencies
    DIC | TTP | Infection | TLS | SIADH | Hypercalcemia | Hypersensitivity Reactions | Anaphylaxis | SCC | SVCS | ICP | Cardiac Tamponade | Obstructions | Pneumonitis
  • Cancer Survivorship
    Early and Late Effects | Recurrence/Secondary Malignancy | Surveillance | Survivorship Models | Impact of Survivorship
  • Palliative Care Concepts and End-of-Life Issues
    Palliative Care Models| Hospice | Grief Theory | Bereavement | Interdisciplinary Team | Community  Resources | Caregiver Support | Comfort Measures
  • Regulatory Agencies and Issues of Professional Practice
    Scope and Standards | Standards of Professional Performance | Local, State and National Resources | Patient Education Process | Evidence-Based Practice | Legal Issues | Ethical Issues | Patient Advocacy | Compassion Fatigue | Quality Improvement | Professional Development | Multidisciplinary Collaboration | Cancer Care Navigation