Travel Registered Nurse | Gunnison, Colorado | ONC | 2021
CO - Oncology RN
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 Colorado
Urban yet natural. Adventurous yet relaxing. Busy yet easygoing. Travel nurses in Colorado really have the luxury to choose exactly what environment they want, when they want it. In the capital, Denver, Colorado travel nurses will find a huge array of five-star restaurants, museums, theaters, and nightclubs. However, if you head out to the Rocky Mountains, you will find world-class camping, hiking, and ski resorts. What are you in the mood for today? When you choose travel nursing jobs in Colorado, that is the question you will ask yourself as you plan out your adventures in the “Centennial State.”
Colorado jobs are plentiful due to the state’s booming economy, and travel nurses will not have a hard time finding assignments in Colorado. Travel nurses in Colorado will be able to enjoy tons of different activities. If you’re into whitewater rafting, you will be impressed to learn that Colorado has more than 2,000 freshwater lakes and 8,000 miles of streams and rivers. Outdoor activities in Colorado are abundant, and you will find plenty of opportunities for unabated recreation and horseback riding. If you are a nature lover, you won’t want to miss out on the Denver Botanic Gardens or the Colorado Springs Garden of the Gods - which is a massive 24-acre property.
Are you a city slicker? Colorado has plenty of things for you to love as well. Denver has tons of sites and attractions including several museums, restaurants, bars, and clubs. As a happening place, travel nurses will find tons of different music and arts festivals that are held frequently throughout the different cities in Colorado. If you’re into the more traditional style of music, you can head over to the formal Colorado Symphony Orchestra. There are also shows held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and if you’re in town at the right time, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is held annually in Boulder. Colorado travel nurses can also embark on out-of-the-box excursions, such as taking a helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains, sailing over amazing views in a hot air balloon, or even paragliding above the magnificent Colorado River.
If you are a complete foodie, you are going to indulge in the various flavors and try local favorites such as smokey barbecue brisket and tender bison. If you absolutely love the beauty of winter, you don’t want to miss Colorado in the colder months of the year. Some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding are offered in this state. You can also find venues that offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and riding snowmobiles. If you want to rejuvenate during your travel assignment, hit up the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool for a relaxing soak.
Resources for Colorado Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in Colorado, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the Colorado Board of Nursing’s website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of Colorado.
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