Travel Registered Nurse | Chico, California | ONC | 2021
RN - CA Oncology - DAY
Oncology Travel Nurses
Are you passionate about continued learning? Specializing as an oncology registered nurse could be right for you. The field of oncology is constantly developing; making advancements in science that provide patients with better treatments and care. Today's battle against cancer is different than it was only 10 years ago. Many cancer patients now survive their treatments and move on to be survivors.
Oncology travel nurses work mostly with patients who are undergoing cancer treatments or are in remission. As you may expect, working with cancer patients is not for the faint of heart. You will be an important person in their lives; serving as a guide of knowledge, a familiar face during treatments, and a consistent presence in their cancer journey. You will have the opportunity to build a rapport and with your patients and likely their families as well.
Oncology travel RNs must have the desire to work in a field that is constantly changing and exploring new treatment options. They must be caring and willing to assess not only their patients' physical health, but also assess their mental health. A cancer diagnosis can be world-shattering, and working with diagnosed patients with the emotional pain, anxiety, and fear on their coping skills is also a part of this specialty.
Travel nurses working in oncology typically find jobs in hospitals, although some positions may be found in outpatient facilities or sometimes home health. In addition to direct care, some oncology nurses can find themselves working more on cancer prevention and cancer screening. Duties you can expect to perform as an oncology nurse include:
- Educate patients and families regarding the cancer treatment expectations
- Provide resource referrals to families and patients
- Develop care plans unique to each patient's diagnosis and needs
- Cooperate and communicate with patients' team of cancer clinicians
- Observe with keen attention to detail patients' progress on a continuum
- Document patient progress and response to treatment
- Administer medications
Oncology nurses can also choose a focus or niche within the specialization of oncology. As you choose a niche, various certifications are also available to keep your knowledge current and give your patients and employers (and you!) confidence in your abilities. A list of areas to focus within oncology include:
- Bone marrow transplantation
- Breast Oncology
- Gynecologic oncology
- Genetic counseling
- Radiation oncology
- Surgical oncology
Job Skills / Requirements
- Valid BLS from the American Heart Association
- A valid professional license within the state of practice
- Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) credential is recommended and may be required for specific registered nurses and travel nurse positions
- Other specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Experience as an oncology RN in a hospital setting
Oncology Travel Nurse Salary and Job Outlook
Travel nurses who work in oncology have a unique set of skills that only comes from extensive experience. As such, oncology nurses who travel typically earn a higher wage than entry-level travel nurses.
Oncology travel nurses who work with Elite Specialty Staffing can choose to take free, private, luxurious housing, or a generous housing subsidy. When you work as an oncology travel nurse with Elite Specialty Staffing, you will gain all the lucrative travel nursing benefits we offer. Apply today!
Travel Nursing Jobs in California
Ready to hit the west coast? If you have considered becoming a travel nurse, or if you are already a travel nurse, then chances are you have already looked at or taken travel nursing jobs in California.
Why? There are two major benefits that draw so many nurses to this state. The first is the fact that California’s travel nurse pay is exceptional. The other major draw to this sunny state is the fact that they have mandatory staffing ratios, which creates a huge need for nurses and facilitates rapid licensing and contributes to the reason that it is a compact nursing state.
Because California is such a large state, you can tailor your experience to the region you select. Go to Southern California if you are after the sun and surf. If that’s not your thing, check out Northern California where you will explore vineyards and incredible views. With this type of diversity comes a huge variety of activities for California travel nurses, including hiking trails, restaurants, theaters, concerts, water sports, amusement parks, shopping venues, and music festivals. What fun, right?
Are you the artistic type? Then you might want to find a travel nursing job in the San Francisco area where you will find the San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Symphony, the Pantages Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl. If you’re looking for a place to rock climb, hike, and camp, you need to visit Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Mono Lake.
Attractions are literally endless throughout the entire state. Travel nurses in San Diego can go to SeaWorld or the famous San Diego Zoo. Are you a complete adrenaline junkie? If so, California is home to many different amusement parks, including Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Disneyland. California travel nurses who are into wining and dining should check out the vineyards in Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Napa, and Monterey. You can find various climates throughout the state with warm shores of San Diego, Palm Springs has an arid desert, and in Sacramento, you will find an enjoyable misty breeze.
If you’re a history buff, you need to check out the Alcatraz prison, which was home to some notorious criminals such as Al “Scarface” Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Los Angeles has the impressive Getty Center that is a must-see for art lovers and beach lovers will be able to find this luxury nearly anywhere in the state. Hit up Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier to satisfy your eclectic tastes while you’re working in the “Golden State”.
When you take a travel healthcare job in California, you can delight in the fact that you are going to be compensated very well. California has about the highest cost of living across the nation, and when you’re a travel nurse in Cali, you benefit from these high pay rates coupled with free private housing, which means you bank more bucks! Not only are the pay rates in this state attractive, but the lifestyle is also the best in the country, which is why so many nurses who take travel nursing assignments in California ended up coming back again and again.
Resources for California Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in California, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the California Board of Nursing’s website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of California.
Work with Elite Specialty Staffing to Enjoy Lucrative Travel Nursing Benefits:
- High Pay and Bonuses
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance from Day One
- Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance
- Tax Advantage Plan
- Weekly Payroll Deposit
- Free Online CEUs
- 401(k) Plans
- Traveler Rewards and Discounts
- Travel and Licensure Reimbursements