FirstLight RN, Tammy Smith recognized as a Certified Oncology Nurse

Tammy Smith, RN, ONC

Twenty-five years ago, Tammy Smith, RN, ONC, started her career as an RN at FirstLight Health System, quickly advancing to the night shift supervisor.  Her desire for lifelong learning drove her to back to school for her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and more recently earning a certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) as a Certified Oncology Nurse.

Three years ago, Tammy accepted a position as a nurse supervisor and moved from working nights on the inpatient floor to the chemotherapy and infusion department. Tammy works closely with FirstLight oncology providers, Dr. Yeh and Nurse Practitioner Brenda Fisher.

Obtaining this certification confirms that Tammy is committed to the specialty [chemotherapy] and the latest trends and treatments.  Tammy advocates “that as a healthcare provider, it is vital to commit to lifelong learning opportunities such as this.”

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing.  It started its program in 1986 and has since certified more than 37,000 nurses.  Tammy will need to keep her certification current by completing some additional educational courses and other tests over the next 4-year period.

Diane Bankers, Vice-President of Nursing Services comments, “FirstLight is fortunate to have Tammy pursue this additional certification. Tammy is an intricate part in the continuum of care by listening, coordinating and ensuring that our patients continue to receive the best care when faced with scary and complex cancer diagnoses and treatments.”