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    The entire hospital has 425 beds, and there are 50 on my unit/floor with 10 designated solely for the cancer patients...There is a general med/surg unit in the hospital so I am assuming the medical oncology is either the overflow for the med/surg unit or the more critical patients that aren't critical enough for ICU but I'm not sure for certain. I start tomorrow, but I am starting to get super nervous so I am trying to figure out what to review re: disease process/equipment/tx. I know there are a lot of blood transfusions done so I'm wondering if I should maybe get a lot of review in on IV therapy? Ahhhhh!!!!!!

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    I am a brand new RN and start my first job in about a week and a half on a busy Medical Oncology floor...First of all let me say that at first I was skeptical, but now that I have been doing some research I am actually very honored and excited to be given this opportunity as a brand new nurse on this floor.

    Any experienced Oncology RN's have any tips on tools I may need to make my job easier? I need a new stethoscope (someone stole my last one grrrrrrr) and I'm wondering if the Littman Cardiology III is sufficient for this type of floor. Also, with the medical side, what types of patients will I be seeing? I know, I probably should have asked during my interview but I was so nervous! I want to do some review before I start on the unit so I don't drive my preceptor completely nuts!

    I come from a different skillset as I worked with psychiatric patients and drug addicts before and I know that oncologists are not going to be like the psychiatrists. Tips on how to deal with them or not tick them off? Sorry for all the questions, I just want to make a good impression and get off on the right foot and be the best nurse I can be! Thanks!

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    Whew that is good to know! I have only heard of one person from my class not passing NCLEX but that was because he didn't do anything for Kaplan after the week long course and didn't listen to the advice. I'm getting 70's-90's on my Qbanks which I'm assuming is proficient. I just keep getting hung up on all the grammatical and spelling errors in the questions!

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    I took the Kaplan course and I'm at the point now where I am creating the Q-banks...but my question is What is the best way to use the book? Read the whole thing or what? Any tips from you recent NCLEX passers? Or tips on creating the Q-banks?

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    Hint. As someone currently IN nursing school...completely ditch the idea of looking in the school section for a wheely one. Go straight to luggage. I found a black shiny alligator one that is FABULOUS. I've even had one of the charge nurses at clinicals try to buy it off me.

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    There ARE high fashion scrubs. Iguana Med make some that don't feel like scrub material, are cut more like real shirts and are super cute. Their outlet store online has a ton for $5 and $10 right now! Check it out and tell me what you think!



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