Just hired to BMT unit HELP!!!!!!!!

  1. This is my first nursing job, and I want to make it the best possible experience for myself, the patients and the staff who will be training me.

    Any advice,tips, help, knowledge, books or anything anyone can think of would be so much appreciated.
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  3. by   sunnydaydream
    Hi! I can't really give you any advice since I am an actual week into orientation on the BMT unit where I work, but it's awesome!

    The only the that I can suggest that I wish I did more of is read about the transplant process and what a 'typical' patient experiences which helps the patients.

    Good luck I'm loving every minute of my orientation!
  4. by   catherine_cardella
    I'm assuming that your new job is at Karmanos. I'm a first year nursing student and I work in BMT data management as a student assistant. Although I couldn't really give you any nursing tips, I can tell you that Karmanos is a awesome to work. Once you start working there, you'll notice a big difference between the Karmanos units and the DMC units. The Karmanos atmosphere is very professional, yet very relaxing (at least from my perspective). Be wary of those physicians though, they are not the nicest people in the world. Then again, what physician is!
  5. by   Kim O'Therapy
    Congratulations on your new job. Let us know what you think of BMT. I plan on working in oncology when I graduate; however, I'm not quite sure which specialty I'd like to try. My mentor, an oncology nurse, told me that BMT would be a great area to go into. Good luck.
  6. by   Shraddha
    I am going for interview for BMT. Any suggestions for me?
  7. by   jaschen
    Congratulations! I've worked in BMT for 13+ years; staff nurse, ANM, and now as a patient coordinator. This is the best group of patients to work with in my opinion. Can be heartbreaking on one day and top of the world miracles the next! If you're wanting some good educational resources I would really recommend the fairly new BMT web course currently being offered by ONS. It's really got a lot of great info in it for new and more experienced nurses alike. I would also recommend "Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation, Principles, Practice and Nursing Insights" by Susan Ezzone and Kim Schmit-Pokorny. And above all...ask questions if you don't understand something, listen carefully to your more seasoned nurses, they can offer a lot of good advice, but most importantly, trust your gut and instincts...you'll find your own way to make this kind of nursing your own! Good luck!
  8. by   sophie<3
    how are you liking BMT so far??? I am possibly interviewing in a BMT unit this week and am anxious to hear about people's experiences