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Hi everyone, I am interviewing shortly with the Oncology Unit Director at a hospital and really hopeful to get this job. 

Can anyone offer any advice for a new registered nurse looking to get into oncology? What questions should I ask when interviewing? Is there anything I should research prior to the interview? What can I expect in beginning this career path?

Thanks so much in advance for any input!

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg.

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Congrats on getting to the interview. Besides all the normal interview questions I would want to find out about training specific for Oncology pts in general, and specific to the type of unit also, chemo, rad, medical or surgical Onc unit, ONS certificate requirements, and do they offer any financial assisstance/perks. Also they will probably ask why you are interested in Onc. Once you are hired you can expect a large learning curve as there will be many classes and you will most likely need to  obtain  your chemo admin certificate. I wouldnt worry too much about that just yet though, just focus on the interview , nail it, and then figure out the rest later, they will teach you what you need to know. Good Luck in your new career path. Oncology can be very intense but also very rewarding!

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OncologyCat has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant.

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Which onc unit are you interviewing for? Med onc is different from surg onc is different from rad onc is different from heme onc 😂 I’ve always been working in med onc/heme onc with limited surg onc experience, so depending on which pt population you have the points of emphasis are different. For heme onc I’d probably ask about pt load, frequency of chemo, what policies are in place for chemo hypersensitivity rxn, ICU transfer process, any help when you need a rapid response, pt population (see if there’s any med surg overflow or surg onc overflow or BMT included), how the unit will train you got chemo admin/onc knowledge.

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Hi thanks for the response! I actually interviewed with the director of med onc and surg onc and they offered me a position in Med Onc, which I accepted! She told me their patient:nurse ratio is generally 4:1, and we did go over additional training and certification requirements. 

I wish I would've asked about overflow but I guess at this point I'll find out soon (start the 17th 😁).

If there's anything you can think of that I may want to do to prepare for the position, please let me know! 

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OncologyCat has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Medical Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant.

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Congratulations!!! I love oncology so much and I think (I’m biased ofc) onc pts are the best! They just have so much drive in them. You’ll learn so much about different workups and treatment plans for different onc diagnoses, and you’ll learn so much about chemo/biotherapies. I say for now enjoy the time you have and come in with a fresh mind 😃 I don’t know if your workplace offer classes like intro to onc or sth along the like, but if not, your nurse educators and peers are good resources. Good luck!

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg.

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Congrats on the new position. I wouldnt go too much in depth trying to figure out Onc stuff because they will train you according to their policies/procedures. If you are going to brush up on anything I would just study general Oncology diseases etc.

Onc can be stressful at times but also very rewarding, good luck!

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