Hi! I am completing my final semester of nursing school. For a project, we've been asked to interview (briefly) a nurse in a specialty we're interested in. I don't know an oncology nurses. I've asked around a little bit through my clinical site and haven't come across a connection to an oncology nurse! If you'd be willing to help out with my interview, thank you. Please message me or post a reply. Thank you so much!
Here are the questions I'd like to ask (Some questions were made up by the instructor, just FYI).
Is there any experience required to get an entry level position on an oncology unit as an RN?
What are some important personal characteristics for success in this field?
What additional education/experiences do you recommend?
What is the most basic level of education/license/credentials/certifications required for this field? What is the average? What is continued education like for oncology nurses?
Is there a local and/or national professional organization that you or your colleagues are members of, specific to oncology? What types of activities/events/involvement do you experience through membership?
What are some of the current issues/trends/debated topics in oncology right now?
What are some pros and cons of choosing to work in oncology long-term?
What is something that most nurses don't find out until after they've worked in oncology for a while?
With many years of oncology experience, what can you do other than floor nursing/home care?
What is your biggest piece of advice for someone considering a position as an oncology nurse?