Advice, books etc. to better serve oncology pts.

  1. I am so excited! I interviewed yesterday at a local hospital to work on the pre/post operative unit as a cna at the cancer hospital. It sounds so great! I prep those going in for surgery, stock shelves, and do basic care. What I really like is that I will be having more time to bond with patients and their families. While their loved one is in surgery, I update the family and try to ease their anxiety and keep them as comfortable as possible. Its a short stay unit where they have surgery and then are discharged home in a few hours after they recover in PACU. Also, unlike floor nursing (that I did before) there are no patient:cna ratio's. Everyone on the floor works as a team for all the patients. It's alot of moving and positioning and is a lot of hard work. It's not really ADL's (i.e bed baths) but has a little more medical side to it. I hope I get it! Do you have any advice you could give me to better help these patients, any good books I should read, etc. I want to do the best I can. Thanks!

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    CNA/ pre-nursing student