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New-grad in Med-Oncology

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nursephillyphil has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical Oncology, ER.

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So as the title states, i'll be in med-onc. During the interviews I had with the charge nurses and nurse manager we came to the understanding that despite having nearly a year of experience in a SNF, ill still be considered a new-grad (understandably). I took my intro to cancer and chemo/bio cert course online, passed the course n what not, BUT I feel extremely anxious. I know i'll do most of my learning hands on and on the floor, but with Oncology i feel like a new nursing student! Prior to the cert classes i have never heard of 99% of the medications i read about, and with the amount of new content online I know I am not retaining much. I'll be given 6 weeks of orientation, which is good; i'm just a little anxious because i've never been exposed to oncology during nursing school. If anybody has any tips please feel free to share, I start on Tuesday. :nailbiting:

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Nienna Celebrindal has 12 years experience.

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Hopefully your orientation will be good and prepare you. But you are going to need to do additional review and studying of whawhat you see on the floor while at home. I strongly believe if you work hard and are patient with yourself you will be great!

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Nienna Celebrindal has 12 years experience.

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Where did you do your classes?

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DatMurse has 3 years experience and specializes in Hematology/Oncology.

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So as the title states, i'll be in med-onc. During the interviews I had with the charge nurses and nurse manager we came to the understanding that despite having nearly a year of experience in a SNF, ill still be considered a new-grad (understandably). I took my intro to cancer and chemo/bio cert course online, passed the course n what not, BUT I feel extremely anxious. I know i'll do most of my learning hands on and on the floor, but with Oncology i feel like a new nursing student! Prior to the cert classes i have never heard of 99% of the medications i read about, and with the amount of new content online I know I am not retaining much. I'll be given 6 weeks of orientation, which is good; i'm just a little anxious because i've never been exposed to oncology during nursing school. If anybody has any tips please feel free to share, I start on Tuesday. :nailbiting:

You will be considered new because this is a new field. It could be comparable from Med/surg to OR.

However med->tele/ortho wouldnt be as new. but med->ICU would be as well. From here on out your categories of application will change.

You are considered an RN II by the general hiring process but you still have less than 1 year as an acute care RN.

RN I - is less than 1 year of experience

RN II - 1-3 years

RN III - 3+ years

There are higher but I am a little lost on how its done.

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nursephillyphil has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical Oncology, ER.

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Where did you do your classes?

I did them through ONS, I did the intro to cancer basics and then did the chemo/bio-therapy certification.

And thank you for your kind words of encouragement and support, I really appreciate it.

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