The Fundamentals Course is held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If your organization is a member of the PSONEC, you will receive information on how to register through the your organization. A list of those member organizations can be found here: Puget Sound Oncology Nursing-Education Cooperative Members 2017

The next Fundamentals of Oncology will be Spring 2018.
It will be held March 12, 13, & 19, 2018
Shoreline Conference Center
Registration begins January 2018
Click here to download the brochure: Brochure Fundamentals Spring 2018

This education program provides new oncology nurses with a platform of basic core knowledge in the nursing care of people with cancer, from which ongoing learning and skill may be pursued.  This program is not designed to measure individual competency; but will deliver standardized basic clinical oncology education for nurses in the Puget Sound Region.


  1. Explain the pathophysiology and diagnostic evaluation of cancer, and the rationale and common side effects of cancer treatments.
  2. Describe the natural history, common treatment and nursing management of the following malignant processes: breast cancer, gynecological cancers, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia.
  3. Apply appropriate nursing interventions for patients experiencing: pain, immunocompromise, oncologic emergencies, neurologic alterations, nutritional alternations, and psychosocial distress.

If you would like more information about the Puget Sound Oncology Nursing’s Educational Cooperative or the Fundamentals course, please contact

Information for Fundamentals Presenters:
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Spring 2018 Agenda: Course Agenda March 18 Website