Four nurses at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care receive specialty certification as oncology-certified nurses
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 8:03 am

Above are medical oncologist Velmalia Matthews-Smith, chief nursing officer Jan Carroll, and oncology nurses Courtney Weaver, Anne Giromini and Lisa Cook.

POTSDAM -- Four registered nurses at Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care recently received specialty certification as oncology-certified nurses (OCN). They are Elise Cole, Lisa Cook, Courtney Weaver and Anne Giromini.

According to the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), to qualify to sit for the certification examination, candidates must have practiced as registered nurse in oncology for at least one year and must complete at least 1,000 patient contact hours beyond that, as well as 10 contact hours of continuing education in oncology nursing. These requirements must be completed within three years before an application to sit for the examination, according to a news release from CPH.

Center officials say all their nurses eligible for the certification have received it.