Hi everyone, this is my first posting on this website so please excuse if I make a mistake!
I'm a 22 year old in the last semester of my ADN RN program! It's been a long haul, but I start preceptorship in a month and I'm very excited! I'm very interested in oncology nursing. My ADN program was very brief about cancer, so my knowledge is limited. I became very interested when a representative of Texas Oncology Group came to speak to my class about it. I spoke to the representative and she was very encouraging to look into the field. However, I'm...a little lost on how to get involved. As I mention, I'm 22, the only "real job" I've had is a secretarial position. How did you all get into oncology nursing? Do you have and suggestions of how to get involved? Should I look for an internship? Should I even be looking at this right now? I've brought up my concerns to my teachers, they have all replied with, "concentrate on now," but I am a worrier and a planner so I would appreciate any advice of how to get into this field!
Feb 19, '10
I am an AAS RN and was also interested in Oncology before I even started at nursing school
. I graduated June 08 and was lucky to be able to get a heme/onc position early in my career, I already have my OCN certification and haven't looked back. I know the job field is tough out there for new grads so I wouldn't turn down a job just because it isn't an oncology position. If you are unable to work on an oncology floor initially, get some experience on a med-surg floor, then perhaps you can transfer to an onc floor once you have some experience. Also working on your BSN is a good idea as a lot of hospitals in the country won't let you work in a specialty without your bachelors (so I've been told). I was one of the lucky ones to get the floor I wanted, I hope you are the same! ONS has some great articles on their website if you want to do some more reading into oncology nursing.
Feb 19, '10
thanks for the reply! I've already begun looking for rn-bsn programs in my area, and have completed all the needed courses, so I am hoping to have a BSN soon! I'm glad you enjoy your position, I hear many oncology nurses burn out very quickly and it's a harsh reality, but I'm extremely drawn to the field and hoping to find some kind of oncology floor, but I know a few years of med surge experience may be the best first step, but still keeping fingers crossed for an onc position!
thanks again for the reply!
Feb 21, '10
Good luck to you! Let me know if you have an further questions.
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