New Grad wants to be an Oncology RN - page 3

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I will be graduating in May 2008 with a BSN (God willin' and the creek don't rise!). From the jobs I've located so far in oncology, it seems that they require 3 years of prior med/surg or inpatient RN experience. I don't have... Read More


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    Well I did it, I got a job on the oncology unit that I have been looking at for a year now! it was pretty easy, I had an interview on a friday with HR and another on the following tuesday with the floor manager and got an offer that next friday! Start date jan 19th! woohoo!!!
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    I'm transitioning from psychiatry to oncology, which seems to be considered in acute care circles as equivalent to new grad status. In the interviews I've gone on, the recruiter often said, "You don't have acute experience." I pointed out that I work daily with unpredictable, very acute, psychiatric in-patients. There is a lot of cross-cultural communication, together with medical and psychosocial management, and managing psychiatric and the occasional medical emergencies. This population is not able to receive insured services and consequently is not medically well. It turns out, this patient population fills most of these hospitals' beds. To my job offers, I got responses ranging from outright rejection to "You can go into our new grad program starting in February 2009", to a place that offered me a "sink or swim" orientation of 3 weeks on night shift, to an oncology day shift position that sounds great. Needless to say, I took the oncology job. They're giving me an "extended orientation" with a single, dedicated preceptor for up to 12 weeks starting next month.

    If you've read this far, and you're an Oncology Nurse, maybe you could recommend an Oncology Nursing book to read? I have a lot to remind myself about from nursing school - graduated in 2001. Also, what do I bring to the first clinical day besides my scrubs, nametag and stethoscope?

    Thanks for reading this far. I'll hope for some posts.
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    Quote from chessie9
    If you've read this far, and you're an Oncology Nurse, maybe you could recommend an Oncology Nursing book to read? I have a lot to remind myself about from nursing school - graduated in 2001. Also, what do I bring to the first clinical day besides my scrubs, nametag and stethoscope?

    Thanks for reading this far. I'll hope for some posts.

    Hi chessie9,

    I believe that your psych experience will be extremely beneficial to your new position. Cancer pts need a lot of care, patience and understanding.

    As far as recommending a book to read, look to your psych texts and focus on the more spiritual needs of your pts, if you're comfortable with that. Check your hospital's policy and procedures about praying with your pt's. Some facilities are dead-set against it and I don't want you to get in trouble!!

    Also, look for a good chemo drug book. You may want to look at the American Cancer Society web site. There's a TON of info on it for pts and medical personnel.

    As far as what to bring to work, yes, you listed the basics,
    but never leave your heart at home!!
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    Thanks for the tips for starting my oncology job. Yes, I'll definitely bring my heart! I'm really hoping my psych experience will help. I am still worried about how I'll adjust. I will need to do end-of-life care, and that is going to be very different.

    I don't know about going so far as to pray with anyone, though. I will certainly encourage my patients to use, and help them obtain, whatever spiritual resources they want. I will have to think about it, but right now I cannot see myself participating. Regardless of hospital policy. I'm sure nurses have differing views on this issue.
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    Quote from chessie9
    Thanks for the tips for starting my oncology job. Yes, I'll definitely bring my heart! I'm really hoping my psych experience will help. I am still worried about how I'll adjust. I will need to do end-of-life care, and that is going to be very different.

    I don't know about going so far as to pray with anyone, though. I will certainly encourage my patients to use, and help them obtain, whatever spiritual resources they want. I will have to think about it, but right now I cannot see myself participating. Regardless of hospital policy. I'm sure nurses have differing views on this issue.
    Hi chessie9,

    Prayer is such a personal thing. And no, you shouldn't do it if you're uncomfortable with it, and you should ALWAYS ask the pt's or families permission before you pray with them, or it can turn out to be a real awkward situation!

    End of life issues, just like some psych issues I'm sure you've encountered, are oftentimes heart-wrenching for us nurses. The nurse who doesn't show any emotion simply has no business being a nurse any longer. But you chose to be an oncology nurse for a reason ~ you'll be just fine and you'll instinctively know what to do. Always trust your gut.
    :wink2:
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    Hi Everyone,

    I am currently working as an RN on a rehab unit in a local hospital. Although I love my job, my heart is set on working as an oncology nurse. The truth is that that oncology/hematology was my main reason to pursue nursing. I had a personal experience at a very young age where I was a recipient of a BMT. Ever since then, even after graduating with a bachelor's in biology, i wanted to change my career and get more involved in healthcare and being able to contribute to society.

    I am currently enrolled in a BSN program, so my options will broaden. Meanwhile, I want to get some experience with infusion and become chemo certified. Does anyone have any advice on how I could do something like that?


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