New Grad wants to be an Oncology RN

  1. 0 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 that experience; however, I can't discount the fact that I was an outpatient scheduling secretary for a major cancer ctr in NH for pts on clinical trials. I am at least familiar with the names of various chemos; what to look for in labs (i.e. WBCs, plts, etc.). Is anyone aware of any hospitals in the nursing compact that are willing to train a highly motivated, critical thinking new grad? Thanks in advance.
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    From 'NH'; Joined Jan '08; Posts: 53; Likes: 27.

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  3. Visit  shortlittleRN profile page
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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 that experience; however, I can't discount the fact that I was an outpatient scheduling secretary for a major cancer ctr in NH for pts on clinical trials. I am at least familiar with the names of various chemos; what to look for in labs (i.e. WBCs, plts, etc.). Is anyone aware of any hospitals in the nursing compact that are willing to train a highly motivated, critical thinking new grad? Thanks in advance.
    If the 3 yrs requirement is true with you, I'm damn lucky to just get hired as an oncology RN. I'm a new grad. I don't know what I did, but they called me within 2 hrs from interviewing to say I have the job. The nursing shortage must be crazy here where I am. I'm very nervous but excited at the same time. If a new grad like me can get the job, you can too... Good luck to you
  4. Visit  GrumpyRN63 profile page
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    We hire new grads....lg teaching hospital
  5. Visit  FromNH2VAwherenext profile page
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    Grumpy,where is la la land? LOL!! But seriously... I've found a couple out there -- St. Luke's in Boise, ID and St. Mary's in Grand Junction, CO, both of which I've applied to. Phone interview w/ St.Luke's on Friday --yeah! It's a start.
  6. Visit  onc_research profile page
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    Nursing shortage is bad here.....We're hiring new grads in the ICU and ER
  7. Visit  PennyNickelDime_RN profile page
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    I am also a new grad come May, 2008. I had an interview yesterday for an oncology BMT floor and was hired on the spot. So, there are hospitals out there that will hire new grads. Good luck!!
  8. Visit  HM2VikingRN profile page
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    Keep on applying....
  9. Visit  FromNH2VAwherenext profile page
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    I was just accepted to a med/surg/tele oncology floor. It's a 42 bed unit among a 300 bed hospital in AZ. I figgered I could get in the med/surg stuff along w/ onc -- the pay is sweet, too. Thanks for everyone's support.
  10. Visit  southernbelle08 profile page
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    I was also just hired yesterday for an Oncology position. Interviewed yesterday morning and was called back yesterday afternoon. I'm glad you also found a spot, CONGRATS!!!
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    Quote from southernbelle08
    I was also just hired yesterday for an Oncology position. Interviewed yesterday morning and was called back yesterday afternoon. I'm glad you also found a spot, CONGRATS!!!
    Same thing happened to me. I applied last Thurs. evening; got called to set up an interview on Fri; interviewed on Tues and 20 min. after the brief phone interview, I was made an offer! They're not too desperate in AZ or anything, huh? :wink2:
  12. Visit  kaylee_2003 profile page
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    I applied for a job, went for the interview and got hired 2 days later! I'm now going to be working as an oncology graduate nurse!
  13. Visit  Nurse Angel profile page
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    Quote from FromNH2VAwherenext
    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 that experience; however, I can't discount the fact that I was an outpatient scheduling secretary for a major cancer ctr in NH for pts on clinical trials. I am at least familiar with the names of various chemos; what to look for in labs (i.e. WBCs, plts, etc.). Is anyone aware of any hospitals in the nursing compact that are willing to train a highly motivated, critical thinking new grad? Thanks in advance.

    I too am a new May grad from a BSN program. I was hired fresh out of school in Kentucky.
  14. Visit  sziq1 profile page
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    Quote from FromNH2VAwherenext
    I was just accepted to a med/surg/tele oncology floor. It's a 42 bed unit among a 300 bed hospital in AZ. I figgered I could get in the med/surg stuff along w/ onc -- the pay is sweet, too. Thanks for everyone's support.

    ok so it has been a few months since you started on the oncology floor, tell us that graduate in dec. what you think! Is it what you had expected?

    I really like our local outpt chemo unit so I am hoping to start on the oncology floor and get my chemo and onc cert. to begin with and then eventually move to the chemo unit.
    Do you like what you are doing? I can apply for the job in 2 weeks so I am hoping to get an interview/job soon!


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