I am new to oncology and have been having trouble dealing with the sad part of nursing. I have never seen people so sick in my and it seems like everyone is just dying. I think about these pts on my days off and have cried almost every morning after I get home because it makes me so sad. I hate it because I have always wanted to work in oncology and for the most part I am still really interested in it (I'm a nursing student doing an externship) but I know I need to learn how to cope with these feelings of sadness for these people if I ever want to be an oncology nurse. I also do not want to become completely numb to everything either. So...how do you deal?
I can justify an old person dying, its worse if they are below 60 IMO. That is how I cope with older people dying is "Well they are 80, they had a great life"...
If they are in their 30s-40s.... I cannot justify and it does make me sad. Maybe there will be an easier way for me to deal with it.
Taking care of oncology patients is a therapeutic way for me to deal with my loved ones that have been lost... So I will always enjoy it
Last edit by DatMurse on Oct 6, '14