I am doing something I never even considered before - working at an oncology hospital as a float nurse. I have zero experience in oncology. I have been a nurse for 4 years on Neuro/Med-surg/tele floors. I believe I have strong assessment skills and basic nursing skills, but my knowledge of cancer and cancer treatments is rudimentary at best.
Please - any advice on how to prepare for this job? Books to read? Things to review? Just so I go in with a base of knowledge to build on?
Also, could someone explain to me the different floors in an oncology hospital and what happens there?
Thank you. I am very excited about this new opportunity to learn and grow as a nurse!
Jun 8, '13
I would suggest joining ONS (Oncology Nursing Society
). You will have a wealth of oncology information at your fingertips, CEU and after you've been working for a while if you want to become oncology certified (OCN) you will get a discount on the exam.
You could start off with the ONS Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing. It reviews just about everything you would need; maybe you could review oncologic emergencies to start. Mosby's Oncology Nursing Advisor is a good basic guide.