CNA on an Oncology Unit

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by Shan Shan Member Student

Hi everyone! I'm about halfway to my ADN and I have an interview this week for a CNA position on an oncology unit. Aside from my clinicals in school, I've never actually worked in a healthcare setting before, so I'm trying to get some hands-on experience with patients before I graduate. Assuming I get the job, does anyone have any advice for how I can be most helpful to the patients and nurses I'll be working with? Thanks!

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 36 years experience. 515 Posts

Hopefully you'll have some kind of orientation period? 

Observe. Take notes. Be curious. Ask for supervision if you're about to perform a task you're not sure about. 

Golden rules:

1) Never ignore a call bell.

2) Never ignore the phone.

3) If you don't know, ask. 

4) If you think something is amiss with a patient, alert the nurse looking after them straight away.

Good luck!

Shan

Shan

64 Posts

Thank you so much for the advice! I'm happy to say that I just accepted an offer for this position and I will take your words to heart. Golden rules, indeed. Have a great day!

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 36 years experience. 515 Posts

Congratulations. Best of luck.