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All three Rumford Hospital Oncology nurses certified
RUMFORD -- Stephany Jacques, RN, OCN, has recently joined Oncology Nurses Patricia Perry, RN, OCN, and Tamara Breton, RN, OCN, in achieving certification in adult oncology nursing.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, a member of the American Board of Nursing Specialties, administers a written examination that nurses are eligible to sit for after two years of experience in oncology nursing.
With successful completion of the exam, nurses are certified and are granted permission to use the OCN credential. Certification must be renewed every three years.
All three say that the oncology nursing exam was more difficult than the nursing boards, which every nurse must pass to become a registered nurse. “I wanted to become certified for my patients,” says Jacques of her certification.
“We went this extra step to assure our patients that they could receive the highest quality care right here in the River Valley,” says Breton. “It’s important to make our patients feel secure in our competency,” adds Perry.
Jacques has been a registered nurse for four years. She has served oncology and hemotology patients since 2009. She lives in Peru.
Perry, of Rumford, has been a nurse at Rumford Hospital since 1967 and has devoted herself to the Lariviere Oncology Suite since 2006. She has also worked on the Medical Surgical Unit.
Breton, a Rumford Hospital nurse for six years, has worked in the Oncology Suite since 2007. She lives in Roxbury.
In the Lariviere Oncology Suite, these nurses not only treat patients who have cancer but also other individuals who need infusion treatment for a variety of reasons, including MS, blood abnormalities, Lyme disease, asthma, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.