I am new to nursing school and very interested in oncology. I understand that school and experience open your eyes to many different types of nursing and may lead you into a career path that you never thought of, so I don't have blinders on. However, I really am interested in oncology for several reasons. My parents, grandmother and former roommate are cancer survivors, I have lost two aunts and my grandfather to cancer, and a friend's young child is currently losing his battle with leukemia. All of this has inspired me to want to participate in oncology nursing. Additionally, I love the science of pathophysiology and pharmacology - I find it fascinating. I am a sensitive and compassionate person but I think I have a pretty tough constitution overall.
I'm wondering what makes someone great at oncology nursing, and what makes someone emotionally tough enough to handle it. I would love any feedback you can give me. I am meeting with a professor next week to talk to her and hopefully gather some insight.