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New to Oncology

  1. 0 Hello Everyone,

    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.

    Thank you,

  2. 3 Comments

  3. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
    #1 1
    Talk to them like you would talk to any other person. They are still regular people... they just happen to have cancer.
  4. Visit  SuzieVN profile page
    #2 0
    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.
  5. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
    #3 2
    Talk less. Listen more.