I am beginning work on an oncology floor in our local hospital as a Nurse Aide in a few weeks. I am very excited to begin, but I am also slightly anxious about how to communicate with oncology patients. I understand that they are often emotionally fragile (on top of their physical fragility) and I was wondering if there were any guidelines or advice that more experienced NA-C's or RN's or other personnel could give me that might help me communicate better with patients once I begin. I accept that I am going to have my fair share of blunders as I gain experience, but if anyone has any pearls of wisdom they would like to bestow upon me I would be very grateful to hear them.
Mar 30, '13
Talk to them like you would talk to any other person. They are still regular people... they just happen to have cancer.
Mar 31, '13
Walk the thin line: Do not ever make any inference that they are going to be cured/healed/etc. Be compassionate, and look them in the eye- and if you say you will do something, do it. Tough line of work, to see such hellish suffering day by day.
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