Treatment and Symptom Management—Oncology RN

Treatment and Symptom Management—Oncology RN

Contact hours
On Demand

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 continuous access for six months.

Treatment and Symptom Management 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 Outcome

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 plus a practice test at a discounted rate. 

OCN® Certification Review Bundle

ILNA Breakdown

18 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 6 points each: Treatment, Symptom Management, and Oncologic Emergencies

12 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 6 points each: Treatment and Symptom Management

18 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 6 points: Preparative Regimens
  • 12 points: Post Transplant Issues
Learning Objectives
  • Define treatment strategies effective in cancer management.
  • Identify indications for each treatment modality.
  • Describe the pathophysiology, risks, signs, and symptoms of common side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatment.
  • Identify nursing interventions to manage the symptoms associated with cancer and cancer treatments.
  • Describe the pathophysiology, risk factors, and symptoms associated with specific oncology emergencies.
  • Identify nursing interventions critical to the diagnosis and treatment care of patients with specific oncologic emergencies.

The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

Individual Pricing Options


Group purchases are available

 Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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