New to oncology - what is on the must know list?

  1. Hello fellow nurses

    I have been an RN for a little over 2 years. I spent a little over a year on an inpatient surgical (ortho/spine) floor as a new grad and for the last year I have been working outpatient in ambulatory surgery and a clinic. I have recently obtained a position in an outpatient hematology/oncology clinic. I have always had a desire to take care of cancer patients, as my mom is a survivor. I'm wondering if there are certain meds, tricks or any other tidbits of advice that you can provide to this newbie heme/onc RN? Thanks peeps!
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  3. by   Danawright
    Join ONS.
  4. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from Danawright
    Join ONS.
    Exactly what I was going to say.

    ONS | Oncology Nursing Society
  5. by   dawnrenee
    Hopefully you have a "seasoned" preceptor who will educate/pre-cept you along the way. The chemo/bio certification course is a great place to start;overwhelming but you have a considerable amount of time to complete. Take one day at a time;breathe deep and just keep going through it as it is a very overwhelming specialty but a rewarding one as patients/families appreciate your care and will never forget you!!
  6. by   sergel02
    Curious about this as well. I guess signs of sepsis are important to monitor.

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