So, why Oncology?

  1. 0 I'm sure this question has been asked before...

    Why did you become an oncology nurse? And for those of you who have been at it for awhile...what keeps you there?

    A patient asked me the other day, "So, what makes you want to work with cancer patients?"

    I've been asked this many, many times before - but for some reason, THIS time it seemed like such a profound question...Not sure why, but it got me thinking...

    Anyone want to share?
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  3. Visit  bucketheart} profile page

    About bucketheart

    From 'Milwaukie'; Joined Oct '06; Posts: 2; Likes: 1.

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  4. Visit  ORSmurf} profile page
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    Still no responses?? I was curious about that as well. Hopefully someone will share
    Christine
  5. Visit  LisaCRN05} profile page
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    I can tell you that I went into oncology (but have since left and regret it) because you are not just treating the patient, but the families as well. While some people hate dealing with families, I loved it. Also, because alot of chemo is done mostly outpatient in RI except for those you really need hospitalized, there are other cases on the floor that are more complex. I had a wonderful experience on the oncology unit and learned so much! You have to be someone that can deal with sadness and death.
  6. Visit  HerbalGypsy} profile page
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    Oncology nursing from the start! Lost a sister along time ago, to something "like leukemia". Always wanted to support others in similar circumstances. It is so very rewarding. We have many who come through the chemo, and come back to visit. I hardly recognized them with hair Compassion is the first requisite. Vigilence is another. I feel that oncology nursing provides a outlet for how I have always thought of nursing: as a professional, caring, healing invironment. Just my thoughts, not so profound.
    llaura likes this.
  7. Visit  globalRN} profile page
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    Quote from HerbalGypsy
    Oncology nursing from the start! Lost a sister along time ago, to something "like leukemia". Always wanted to support others in similar circumstances. It is so very rewarding. We have many who come through the chemo, and come back to visit. I hardly recognized them with hair Compassion is the first requisite. Vigilence is another. I feel that oncology nursing provides a outlet for how I have always thought of nursing: as a professional, caring, healing invironment. Just my thoughts, not so profound.
    used to work hem/onc/bmt
    love the patients and their families
    always grateful for everything you do for them

    not like pain in the butt renal or pulm patients

    in fact, decided to write AOCNP cause I do enjoy working
    with this population....IMHO...the best place to work
  8. Visit  RADONC-RN} profile page
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    I guess I am a different breed LOL! I love working with Oncology patients. If you ever get the chance to do this I would recommend it. I see these people as a unique patients. I do not see them as "dying" or "depressed'. I see them as patients with a new outlook on life. They are more calm and understanding of things. Many of them do not want to be pitied but to be applauded for their strength and determination to live. I have worked with Oncology pts for over twenty years now and currently work with Radiation pts. Now don't get me wrong, there are sad times too. Our department is a nice place to work in. We use a lot of humor ( when appropiate) with the patients and the staff. We have student nurses who come through our area and were scared at first because they thought it was going to be depressing and leave with a different attitude about Onc pts. I do hope this helps all out there on wanting a positive change in their career.
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