I'm a RN with 2 years of experience in med-surg. I'm going to start working oncology pretty soon and I'm truly excited. I would like to know what are good references I can use to know more about cancer pathophysiology, chemotherapy, oncology emergencies, etc...any textbooks, websites you recommend?
Jan 13, '10
Join ONS. They provide an amazing journal and great opportunities for leaning.
Jan 24, '10
I agree. ONS is a great resource. I also like chemoregimen.com for standard dosing and regimens for various cancers.
Feb 26, '10
I have been working Oncology for the past year, and started as a new grad. I absolutely love it and the patient's are truly amazing people, so hopefully you're experience is just as good! I would agree that ONS is a great place to start. They offer chemo certification classes as well as OCN certification. Good luck
Mar 3, '10
Are you working inpatient? If so work with your preceptor/education dept to find a chemo certification course, that's a good start. Use the patients you take care of as case studies, look up there diseases, and drugs, and learn as you go. There is a huge psychosocial component to oncology nursing as well, a skill which is important. And as all the other said, join ONS!! Use the website, take the web-based classes, they also have publications. Best of luck!!!