2018 OCN® Test References

The following list of primary references identifies the resources used to develop items on the OCN® test. ONCC examinations are based on a broad body of knowledge and not on the content of any single resource. 

To prepare for the examination, review the Test Content Outline and develop a study plan based on your individual knowledge strengths and weaknesses. It is good practice to use a current, general resource for overall review, and supplement with resources on specific topics to address your individual needs. If you are interested in resources that address specific topics on the Test Content Outline, please contact the ONCC staff for additional guidance. 

Note: Use of these resources does not guarantee a passing score on the examination. Test candidates are not required to purchase or review these resources. ONCC does not endorse specific resources, and does not receive compensation from the sale or use of any resources.  

Primary Test References

Allen, D.H., Rice, L. (Ed.). (2011). Site-specific cancer series: Central nervous system cancers. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

American Cancer Society. (2017). Cancer facts and figures. Retrieved from: https://www.cancer.org/research/cancer-facts-statistics/all-cancer-facts...

Bastable, S.B. (2013). Nurse as educator: Principles of teaching and learning for nursing practice (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Berman, A., Snyder, S., & Frandsen, G. (2016). Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of nursing concepts, process and practice (10th ed.). Pearson. 

Bernardo, L.M. & B.J. Becker (Eds.). (2017). Integrating physical activity into cancer care. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Brant, J.M., & Wickham, R.S. (2013). Statement on the scope and standards of oncology nursing practice: Generalist and advanced practice. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Brown, C.G. (Ed.). (2015). A guide to oncology symptom management (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Burke, C.C. (Ed.). (2009). Psychosocial dimensions of oncology nursing care (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Camp-Sorrell, D., & Matey, L. (Eds.). (2017). Access device standards of practice for oncology nursing. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Chernecky, C.C., & Berger, B.J. (Eds.). (2013). Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders.

Daugherty, P., Gamblin, K.A., & Rummel, M. (Eds.). (2017). Oncology nurse navigation case studies. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Davidson, G.W., Lester, J.L., & Routt, M. (2014). Surgical oncology nursing. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Eggert, J. (Ed.). (2017). Cancer basics. (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Erickson, J.M., & Payne, K. (2016). Ethics in oncology nursing. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Ferrell, B.R., Coyle, N. & Paice, J. (Eds.). (2015). Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (4th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Gullatte, M.M. (Ed.). (2011). Nursing management: Principles and practice (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Hinkle, J., & Cheever, K. (2014). Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of medical-surgical nursing (13th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health. 

Ignatavicius, S., and Workman M.L. (2016). Medical-surgical nursing: patient-centered collaborative care. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Irwin, M., & Johnson, L.A. (Eds.). (2014). Putting evidence into practice: A pocket guide to cancer symptom management. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Iwamoto, R. R., Haas, M.L. & Gosselin, T. (Eds.). (2012). Manual for radiation oncology nursing practice and education. (4th ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Kaplan, M. (Ed.). (2013). Understanding and managing oncologic emergencies: A resource for nurses (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA:  Oncology Nursing Society.

Katz, A. (2015). Meeting the need for psychosocial care in young adults with cancer. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Kuebler, K. (Ed.). (2017). Integration of Palliative care in clinic conditions. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Lester, J.L., & Schmitt, P. (Eds.). (2011). Cancer rehabilitation and survivorship: Transdisciplinary approaches to personalized care. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Lewis, S., Bucher, L., Heitkemper, M., Harding, M., Kwong, J., & Roberts, D. (2017). Medical-surgical nursing. (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. 

Mahon, S.M. (Ed.). (2011). Site-specific cancer series: Breast cancer (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Newton, S., Hickey, M., & Marrs, J. (2016). Mosby’s oncology nursing advisor: A comprehensive guide to clinical practice (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

Potter, P., Perry, A., Stockert, P., & Hall, A. (2017). Fundamentals of nursing (9th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. 

Polovich, M. (2011). Safe handling of hazardous drugs (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA:  Oncology Nursing Society. 

Polovich, M., Olsen, M., & LeFebvre, K. (Eds.). (2014). Chemotherapy and biotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice (4th ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.

Scarpa, R., & Hickey, M. (Eds.). (2016). Site-specific cancer series: Head and neck cancer. (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society. 

Vallerand, A.H., Sanoski, C.A. & Deglin, J.H. (2017). Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses (15th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company. 

Yarbro, C.H., Wujcik, D., & Gobel, B.H. (Eds.). (2018). Cancer nursing: Principles and practice (8th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.