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Two MCCG RNs Earn Recognition as ONS Cancer Chemotherapy Course Trainers


MACON, GA (March 28, 2011) – Rinda Hamilton and Jill Hancock, registered nurses at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, have been appointed as official trainers for the Oncology Nursing Society Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course, a comprehensive review for nurses who administer chemotherapy.


The ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course is an in-depth program that provides registered nurses with the information they need to safely administer chemotherapy. The ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course is taught throughout the United States, as well as internationally, by about 1,000 trainers. More than 80,000 nurses have attended this course since 1998.


Hamilton, Oncology Nurse Navigator and Patient Care Coordinator at The Cancer Life Center at MCCG, and Hancock, Patient Care Coordinator at the W.T. Anderson Infusion Center, will teach their first classes on Thursday and Friday to 10 registered nurses.


To become an ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course Trainer, registered nurses must at present be certified in oncology, have a minimum of two years experience in administering chemotherapy and complete a trainer course. These highly-qualified trainers assist ONS in setting standards of excellence in cancer care.


Trainers are required to present at least one ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course per year, maintain a specified average on course evaluations, and comply with other course standards. The ensure integrity of the program, trainers and courses are periodically audited by ONS.