First of all, I would suggest that you join Oncology Nurses Association
. They have wonderful resource and educational materials. If you join, you can also connect with your local ONS chapter and network with other oncology nurses. I would suggest you take some of the CEs they have for new oncology nurses. One of the resources I found helpful when I first started working in oncology is their Core Curriculum
manual, which covers all kinds of oncology practice issues.
Are there policies for how to handle calls for prescription renewals? If not, I would talk to one of the docs/NPs about developing policies so you know what to do. Get to know websites that offer patient education, e.g. Chemo Care
. This site has good information regarding chemotherapy drugs that you can print out for the patient.
When someone gives you instructions on how to do something, jot them down in a little spiral notebook that you can keep in your uniform pocket; that way you don't have to ask again.
Those are just a few things I can think of off the top of my head. It takes a while to get the knack of things. I went to an onc. office after ~25y of experience in other areas of nursing. I felt like a fish out of water for quite a while...very frustrating! Eventually things came together. Give yourself some time...you'll get there.