I am a recent grad working on an Oncology unit. It is so true that you don't know how much you DON'T know until after you graduate. Other than finding a mentor, CEU's, etc., what advice you give me on ways to learn more about the different types of cancer and chemo. I'm not sure where to start and realize I have much to learn which will come with time and experience. However, I want to take responsibility in my learning about this area. Appreciate any suggestions, opinions, or advice. Thanks!
Feb 3, '03
Hi Tory, I started out in Oncology right out of nursing school and loved it. Our hospital had a six week preceptor program,supportive coworkers, a great nursing ed dept... new grads took classes to become chemo certified, IV certified, TPN certified. ETC.!! There are many ways to learn, the best is called experience, which stars your first footstep onto the floor. Learn the P and P's, read charts, listen, study... and remember to have a life outside! Also, oncology is a lot more than learning facts... look into your patient's eyes and listen to them with your heart. You'll be amazed at what you learn about human dignity, love,fears and courage. Wishing you good luck and many rewards in your career!