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This is a discussion on Strategizing how to become a new-grad Oncology RN. What am I missing? in Oncology Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... Hello, I'm new to the board and starting nursing school on Monday. I'm very aware of the crazy...by werkinit Jan 28, '10Hello,
I'm new to the board and starting nursing school on Monday. I'm very aware of the crazy competitiveness for new-grad positions, and the lack of jobs for new nurses in general. I'm passionate about nursing though and I am not daunted by this. I'm sure it will turn around at some point. I wanted to pursue nursing after personal experiences with cancer in my family. I REALLY want to do whatever it takes to be competitive for new-grad oncology positions.
Anyways, here are my thoughts so far for becoming the best new-grad Oncology candidate:
~Get the best grades I can in school, work incredibly hard and pass the NCLEX.
~I've already joined ONS as a student member
~Try to get a preceptorship in oncology
~Apply for a student oncology scholarship from ONS
~Volunteer on an oncology unit (might not be able to w/ my school + workload)
~I know I need to network, but that's hard because I don't live in Southern California which is where I want to relocate to after school. Any suggestions for networking/making an impression long distance???
~Maybe attend an ONS conference, or see if there are any local ONS chapters in my area??
Am I missing anything? Are there any certifications or extra classes I could be taken to make me stand out? I know it will be a while before I'm really looking for a job, but I'm strategizing now b/c the job market is so volatile...
I've been looking at some programs in the LA/Southern California area. University of Southern California, City of Hope, Hoag Hospital seem to have some great new grad oncology programs. Maybe Cedars-Sinai? If anyone has any suggestions regarding good units in LA/Southern California that would be great!
I look forward to your advice, and thank you in advance!
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- Feb 4, '10 by KeLsRNI got into oncology because they were one of the only departments hiring at my hospital. It's really challenging, so you see a lot of turnover in nurses as they burn out, particularly at an inpatient level. That said, it is also very rewarding and a way to learn a lot of skills quickly.
Your plan sounds good, but I would try to touch base with any and all contacts in CA that you have now, see if you can volunteer on breaks or shadow a nurse, because the job situation in CA is cutthroat. Otherwise, consider alternative locations with the plan of moving to CA after you have a couple years under your belt.
- Feb 5, '10 by werkinitThanks for your response Angie!