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Nurses are in high demand. Since 2000, the nursing profession has grown so steadily that it’s outpaced the growth of the U.S. population. Over the past decade, 500,000 new RNs joined the ranks, an increase of 24%.
When you apply for a job, you can expect poten­tial man­agers to take your online pres­ence into con­sid­er­a­tion. Employ­ers are wary of appli­cants who can­not be found on the Inter­net (What do you have to hide?), so not shar­ing any infor­ma­tion can be just as bad as appear­ing unprofessional.
When you apply for a job, you can expect poten­tial man­agers to take your online pres­ence into con­sid­er­a­tion. Employ­ers are wary of appli­cants who can­not be found on the Inter­net (What do you have to hide?), so not shar­ing any infor­ma­tion can be just as bad as appear­ing unprofessional.
I vol­un­teered! The biggest impact I made was becom­ing a vol­un­teer chair­per­son for the Amer­i­can Can­cer Society’s Can­cer Pre­ven­tion Study-​​3 (CPS-​​3) onsite enroll­ment in July 2010. Our goal was to lead a task force of 40–50 com­mu­nity folks and recruit and spread the word about CPS-​​3 and enrolling in the study dur­ing a five-​​day enroll­ment period.
Once you have envi­sioned a per­sonal brand that you’d like to cre­ate, fund it with an ONS Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ship. Designed to sup­port oncol­ogy nurs­ing to improve the lives of peo­ple with or at risk for can­cer, the ONS Foun­da­tion has pro­vided more than $22 mil­lion in oncol­ogy nurs­ing awards, grants, schol­ar­ships, and edu­ca­tional initiatives.
ONS offers career resources in a vari­ety of for­mats from an online cen­ter, to print pub­li­ca­tions, to a blog. Check out the fol­low­ing career resources when devel­op­ing your brand, search­ing for the next oppor­tu­nity, and learn­ing more about future goals.
Stamp your brand next to your name and pin it on your lapel by earn­ing a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in your spe­cialty and/​or sub­spe­cialty. Through the Oncol­ogy Nurs­ing Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (ONCC), you can become cer­ti­fied in any of the following.
Gone are the days when the only way to find a job was by pouring over the classifieds in your local newspaper with a red pen or hoofing it around town with a stack of resumes.
An oncology nurse candidate must have a deep inner drive to see life in death, to see hope in fear, to see love in hatred. She must be able to see past the disease and look at the person it is occupying—to help pull that person back to health.
You might be asking yourself, isn’t my job the same as my career? The answer is a resounding no! Your career is the culmination of your interests, talents, and goals. A career gives you a sense of fulfillment beyond a paycheck and health insurance.

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