Hello everyone! Just got offered a job as a PCT in Oncology/Telemetry Unit!! No experience and I have been told I will be in charge of 18 patients. I am so ready for this! All my experience has been in fast paced restaurants as a server! I used that to my advantage when I was interviewed about customer service. Anyways, I digress. I am applying to a BSN program right about now (within the next month; deadline February 1st). I told the hiring nurse manager that interviewed me that I was willing to take 7/hr for pay because it was the experience I was after and I was being 100% honest. My question is - any advice? What should I look out for in the Oncology Unit? Anything in particular that I need to know? Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it.
7 dollars an hour....for 18 patients? This isnt a restaurant, CNAs dont get tips. Do you have any CNA training? I suppose if they are training you from scratch it might ALMOST be understandable, at least for a time.
As for what you should know. Well, if you have no experience or training, I guess EVERYTHING.
Ive never worked in a big hospital that has specialized units like oncology or telemetry. Just a small one that has 2 flavors. Med/surg, and ICU, both of which include patients on telemetry and the occasional cancer patient. From my experience those two types of patients can vary greatly in their acuity. From the tele patient who is just there for observation because they had some chest pain, to a cancer patient who has an NG tube, IVs running, a foley, is on a turn schedule, and is q2 vitals.
18 patients is a lot on any unit, to the point Id almost wonder how much youd be able to learn because youll be so busy answering call lights and doing things like toileting people and ADLs. If nothing else youll be a pro at doing those.
Last edit by funtimes on Dec 26, '12