Treatment and Symptom Management—Oncology RN



Get a comprehensive overview of cancer treatment options and oncologic emergencies. Learn nursing interventions to successfully identify and manage disease and treatment-related symptoms. The Treatment and Symptom Management online course offers foundational knowledge for the safe and effective care of the oncology patient. This course is designed for oncology nurses with some experience in oncology.

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register.

You will enjoy access for 180 days from date of purchase, after which you will no longer be able to access the course.

To receive nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours, the following requirements must be met prior to the closing date and time of the course: 

  • Achieve 80% or higher on the post‐test. (Note: You will have two [2] attempts to achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post-test.)
  • Completion of the course evaluation. A course evaluation MUST be completed to be granted the NCPD contact hours. The evaluation link is locked until passing the post-test.

Course Topics

  • Cancer Treatment Modalities: vascular access devices, radiation, surgery, biologic and targeted therapy, chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, complementary, alternative, and integrative modalities
  • Symptom Management: etiology and patterns of symptoms, oncology-related toxicity and grading scales, anatomical and surgical alterations, principles of pharmacologic management of symptoms, alterations in hematologic function, alterations in immune function, alterations in gastrointestinal,  genitourinary, integumentary, and pulmonary, neurologic, musculoskeletal, nutrition, comfort: pain and fatigue.
  • Oncologic Emergencies: DIC, TTP, SIADH, systemic inflammatory response syndrome, sepsis, and septic shock, TLS, hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis, HCM, cardiac tamponade, SCC, SVCS, increased intracranial pressure, obstructions, cancer treatment-related pneumonitis, extravasation

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of treatment and symptom management associated with cancer and oncologic emergencies by achieving a post test score of 80% or higher.

Target Audience

This course is appropriate for oncology nurses who wish to increase their knowledge of the treatment and symptom management criteria specific to effective oncology nursing practice. This course is also appropriate for those who are preparing for oncology nursing certification examination and renewal via Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal points.

This course is included in the OCN® Certification Review Bundle. It is a recommended course if you are studying for your certification exam or are renewing your certification via the ILNA option. You may take this course on its own or purchase the bundle of four courses at a discounted rate. 

OCN® Certification Review Bundle

ILNA Breakdown

Content in this learning activity is applicable to meeting individual requirements for certification renewal through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method.

Up to 18 ILNA points may be applied to Oncologic Emergencies OR Symptom Management OR Treatment. 

No more than 18 total points may be claimed for the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course offer pharmacology content?

Yes, this course contains some pharmacology content. View our estimated pharmcology content page for an estimate for this particular course.

Technical Requirements

For optimal performance, and to fully participate in ONS online courses, it will be necessary to use one of the browsers listed below.

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*Use of an earlier version will prohibit the ability to post discussions or view some materials within the course properly.

After upgrading to one of these supported browser versions, please ensure your computer is set up to support the following additional requirements before beginning the lessons.

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**If you're using a work computer for your course, the installation of these components may require assistance from the IT department at your place of business.

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