Pediatric Oncology - page 2

We had to write a nursing specialty paper in my NR101 class based on what kind of nurse we want to be. You guessed it: I want to be a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. Iíve been thinking about this for quite some time now, and at one... Read More

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    Some of my most rewarding days were spent in Peds Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant. The patients, the parents, the nurses and the doctors made it a wonderful experience. Sure, the parents were at times a challenge to deal with, but heck, I would be too, if my kid was dying.
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    Quote from NBMom1225
    All through nursing school I planned on going into Pediatric Oncology, my 12 year old is a childhood cancer survivor...but I eventually came to the decision that it would be too hard on me emotionally to work in that field, not all children have the 'happy ending' of going into remission, like my daughter.

    I ended up going into Adult Oncology, which by default includes Hospice patients. I learned a lot, but after about 2 1/2 years I became emotionally/mentally exhausted from dealing with so many terminal cases, not to mention the frequent deaths of Hospice patients (I'd had three patients expire in one shift...more than once)... and caring for the families was often more difficult than caring for the patients. I now work on a General Surgery floor, and the switch has been a positive one for me. I wouldn't mind getting a job in an outpatient Cancer treatment center some day, but I don't think I'll ever work inpatient oncology again.
    I'm happy your daughter went into remission, and you're right, not all children reach that point. It's unfortunate. Three patients in one shift...I can't imagine how hard that must have been. Though all of your patients couldn't have a happy ending, I'm sure they, as well as their families, appreciated the care you provided.
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    I wish you well, MusicalCoffee. As for me, unless I have a real change in my mental status between now and when I graduate, Pediatric is my #1 avoided area by far! It always sickens me when a man cries, but in truth I just don't see how I would be able to help it. I mean just knowing that many of these kids-who I will get attached to whether I try to avoid it or not-are likely not going to make it. More power to you.

    From what I've gathered reading all these posts on AN, it seems like everyone wants to go from school to anything with kids. Well, I'm not fighting for any of those spaces. Especially Pediatric Oncology, followed by NICU. You all can have that.

    But is is nice to know that others really want to be there.

    Again, I wish you the best.
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    Thank you
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    I'm an RN with 14 years of experience in L&D. Now I'm teaching a Health Science class at a nearby high school. This class is designed to introduce students who are interested in the health professions to the world of health care. It has a smattering of anatomy & physiology, but it also has HIPPA, medical ethics, etc. I also teach Anatomy & Physiology classes. I have a student whose brother died as a teen, from an aggressive cancer. She is very interested in oncology...says she wants to be the kind of nurse who made a difference for other patients the same way that certain nurses she remembers did for her brother and his family. I love her interest and passion, and I've been looking for teen-friendly books on cancer that she might enjoy. She is a good student, and doesn't need to be relegated to the children's books, as she is quite capable of understanding higher level reading material. She has a stint at a cancer clinic right now (job shadowing), and is trying to soak up every bit of knowledge that she can. Do any of y'all have suggestions for reading material for her? Thanks for your help!
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    I admire your focus and your one track mind. I wish you the best on being a pediatric oncology nurse. I hope that you will find fulfillment in this work. I also wish that the children will feel much better because you are there to take care of them.
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    @tcheshire88- Nancy Keene has authored/co-authored several books on childhood cancer and childhood cancer survivorship, I would recommend those to your aspiring student
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    Go get em!! I love your confidence and your honesty with yourself. That is a field I cannot do, I placed my own children in their place too often. Best wishes

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