Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the program?
Graduates of an approved BSN program with a strong desire to work with oncology patients, outstanding references, and an excellent academic profile will be considered for this exceptional program.

When do you apply?
Applications will be accepted June 1st through July 15th, 2018. 

How do you apply?
First, apply online for the Registered Nurse Residency position at

The following required components must be emailed in full at the same time to Lauren Forbes at :

  1. Professional resume
  2. Two clinical letters of reference using the form available under How to Apply
    1. recent medical-surgical instructor *REQUIRED
    2. another clinical instructor
  3. Short essay (less than 150 words) answering the following question: Why should you be considered as a candidate for the Registered Nurse Residency Program? Include what you have to offer patients and families at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
  4. Copy of your transcript, including your most recent grades (unofficial copy accepted)

How long is the Nurse Resident Program?
The program is a year in length with 6 months counting as non-productive time (although a paid employee, you do not count in staffing numbers, allowing sufficient time for your preceptor-supervised orientation). A two-year employment commitment is requested of all graduate nurses.

What about “boards”?
You may apply prior to boards but the position requires proof of your valid PA license by August 1, 2018.

What will my schedule be like?
The first six months consist of mostly day shifts. The Nurse Resident follows the preceptor’s schedule including his/her rotation. If the preceptor does not rotate, the Nurse Resident will be assigned a second preceptor for an evening/night shift rotation.

What specialty areas are available?
Nurse Resident positions are available in all inpatient oncology units (medical and surgical), Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Step Down Unit, and the Operating Room.* All Nurse Residents in the program may participate in observation days in specialty areas (Interventional Radiology, Radiation Therapy, Infusion Room, Post-Anesthesia Care, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, and Endoscopy).

*Operating Room Residencies are limited and may not be available for the Fall 2018 program.

What educational opportunities are available?
Nurse Residents have the opportunity to attend our nationally recognized continuing education program.

Will I become certified in oncology?
No, oncology certification is administered through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, an extension of the Oncology Nursing Society. You must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of oncology nursing practice, 1 year experience as an RN, and 10 continuing education contact hours of oncology content to be eligible to take the certification exam.

Will I become certified in chemotherapy?
Yes, we provide the Oncology Nursing Society’s Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Course.

Who is the contact person if I have questions about applying for the program?
Lauren Forbes
Sr Talent Specialist
Fax: 215-728-2502

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