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Interior Cancer Journal

Excellence in Cancer Care

Celebrating Oncology Nursing Month

In May, Memorial Hermann celebrated Oncology Nursing Month by recognizing the efforts of our dedicated oncology nursing team. At a luncheon held on May 19, the System’s 27 Oncology Certified Nurses (OCNs) were applauded for their commitment to cancer care throughout the Memorial Hermann Health System.

To become an OCN, registered nurses must have at least one year of experience as an RN, complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice and a minimum of 10 contact hours of continuing nursing education in oncology nursing. Once all of those qualifications have been met, a comprehensive exam must be successfully completed to obtain certification.

Investing the time to become an OCN demonstrates a strong commitment to oncology nursing, and helps Memorial Hermann ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care.

“Becoming an OCN is not an easy journey - it takes time and dedication,” says Jennifer Cox, B.S.N., RN, CMSRN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Navigator at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital.

“I think as nurses we want to show our patients that we strive for excellence and becoming certified is a way to do it. It shows dedication to your profession and to your patients, and also shows the physicians we work with that we have put in our time and done the homework to know how to navigate patients through the oncology journey.”

Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Breast Care Center

The Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). NAPBC accreditation is granted only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established NAPBC standards. Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must undergo an onsite review every three years.

Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers

All eight Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC). Only 25 percent of hospitals across the country have received this special recognition. This approval means our Centers meet national standards that have been established to ensure cancer patients receive the best care. Commission accreditation is given only after a thorough onsite evaluation process and performance review. To maintain approval, our Centers undergo an onsite review every three years.