I am a brand new RN and start my first job in about a week and a half on a busy Medical Oncology floor...First of all let me say that at first I was skeptical, but now that I have been doing some research I am actually very honored and excited to be given this opportunity as a brand new nurse on this floor.
Any experienced Oncology RN's have any tips on tools I may need to make my job easier? I need a new stethoscope (someone stole my last one grrrrrrr) and I'm wondering if the Littman Cardiology III is sufficient for this type of floor. Also, with the medical side, what types of patients will I be seeing? I know, I probably should have asked during my interview but I was so nervous! I want to do some review before I start on the unit so I don't drive my preceptor completely nuts!
I come from a different skillset as I worked with psychiatric patients and drug addicts before and I know that oncologists are not going to be like the psychiatrists. Tips on how to deal with them or not tick them off? Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make a good impression and get off on the right foot and be the best nurse I can be! Thanks!