Peds Oncology as new grad?

  1. Hi All,
    Well, some of you may have read my post about my dad having lymphoma. I'm actually writing though to ask about your thoughts on new grads going directly into pediatric oncology.

    I interviewed and was offered 4 positions in different hospitals ranging from cardiac care unit to labor & delivery. Strangely, the only position that intrigued me was surprisingly peds oncology at Sloan Kettering. The new facility is beautiful and the nurse manager was great and seemed really supportive. They provide a 3 month training program with a preceptor then 1 month alone on days before switching you over to nights.

    My only hesitation to be honest is Fear. I know I love kids and would enjoy interacting with them, but I'm afraid that as a clueless new grad (that really isn't even certain of hanging IV's) that it would be too much to handle. What do you all think????

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  3. by   SarasotaRN2b
    Hi SpecFuz (interesting name!),

    congratulations on your many job offers, it's great that you have different options. I would think that while watching little ones suffer with cancer can be tough, it can probably be very awe-inspiring as well. I'm always amazed at how even the sickest children have an inner-strength that is amazing.

    I would actually go with what your belly is telling you. If you have had such a good reaction to your interview and speaking with the nurse manager, I would definitely say go with that.

    Good luck and let us know. I am considering applying next summer after I finish a year of nursing school to do the internship through Sloan Kettering. I've heard many fine things about MSK.