Oncology Certified Nurse Review Course

The the Heart of the Ozarks chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and the CoxHealth Education Center are proud to offer a one-day course designed as a comprehensive review for nurses preparing to take the exam or current Oncology Certified Nurses desiring a refresher.

April 22, 2017

7 am – 5 pm

Foster Auditorium at Cox South

3801 S National Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65807

This course has been collaboratively provided by the Heart of the Ozarks chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society and the CoxHealth Education Center.

  • The Heart of the Ozarks chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society has provided financial support for this course; and
  • The CoxHealth Education Center is responsible for ensuring ANCC requirements and providing CNE credit for this course.

For questions, please contact Ashley Larkin at 417-269-7134 or via email at ashley.larkin@coxhealth.com.

Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.

Note: Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.

There is no charge to attend this course for qualifying participants.

Qualifying Participants include:

  • Oncology Registered Nurses who are eligible for OCN exam and anticipate sitting for the exam. Eligibility criteria include:
    • A current, active, unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse.
    • A minimum of one year (12 months) of experience as an RN within the last three years (36 months), and
    • A minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice within the last two-and-one-half years (30 months). Nursing practice may be in clinical practice, nursing administration, education, research or consultation.
  • Oncology Registered Nurses who are currently OCN-certified exam who desire to attend a refresher course.

Oncology Certified Nurse Review Course Agenda


7:00-7:25                     Registration & Morning Refreshments

7:25-7:30                     Welcome and Introduction

07:30-7:45                   Requirements for OCN Exam

7:45-8:30                     Health Promotion, Screening, and Early Detection

8:30-9:00                     Scientific Basis for Practice

9:00-9:15                     BREAK

9:15-11:00                   Scientific Basis/Disease/Symptom Management

11:00-11:10                 STRETCH BREAK

11:10-12:00                 Scientific Basis/Disease/Symptom Management

12:00-12:30                 LUNCH

12:30-2:15                   Scientific Basis/Disease/Symptom Management

2:15-2:30                     BREAK

2:30-3:30                     Oncologic Emergencies

3:30-4:00                     End of Life/Professional Basis

4:00-4:10                     STRETCH BREAK

4:10-5:00                     Survivorship/Test Prep Information

CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

8.15 Contact Hours


Requirements of Successful Completion

To obtain contact hours, participants must :

  • Sign in at the registration desk.
    • Partial credit may be awarded in some circumstances; contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends.
  • Complete the course evaluation

Participants will be awarded their statement of credit upon receipt of a completed evaluation.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Christine F. Rimkus, RN, MSN, AOCN

Course instructor Christine Rimkus, RN, MSN, AOCN has over 30 years of experience in oncology nursing; her career has been spent as an oncology staff nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and–most recently–as a clinical nurse specialist taking care of inpatient and outpatient bone marrow transplant patients. Ms. Rimkus is actively engaged in oncology research, she has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous lectures at the local, regional, and national levels. She has helped over 1000 registered nurses prepare for the Oncology Certified Nurse test since she began providing review courses in 2004. Please join us as she provides an evidence-based comprehensive review of oncology nursing.

Click here to register for this course.

In the event that the CoxHealth Education Center cancels or reschedules a course, the Education Center is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled. The entire Refund and Cancellation Policy may be viewed at http://coxcollege.edu under the Continuing Education and Life Support tab.

Please click on the links below to access the E-Syllabus and handout for the course.

OCN Review Course E-Syllabus

Drugs for OCN review

*No printed handouts will be available for participants. Please download all portions of the course materials you would prefer to have a copy of prior to the Course. CoxHealth provides free Wi-Fi on site

The Cox South Campus is located at 3801 S National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807. Please enter the hospital at the North Entrance, nearest Primrose Street

Participants who are not CoxHealth employees may park in any guest parking locations. Free valet parking is available. CoxHealth employees must park in designated employee parking areas.

Foster Auditorium is located on the first floor of Cox South. After entering from the North Entrance, proceed straight until the Gift Shop/elevator bank. Turn left at the Gift Shop towards the Cafeteria. Foster Auditorium is located at the end of the hallway.