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 2016-2017.

Spring 2017 Fundamentals Of Oncology
Dates: April 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2017
Location: Valley Medical Center
Brochure available January 2017
Registration opens for member institutions January 2017

Slides are posted here

Registration is online only.  If you are a member of PSONEC (see above list), please contact your member rep for instructions on how to register.  For non-PSONEC members, please contact for instructions.

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

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