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OncologyCat BSN, RN

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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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  1. OncologyCat

    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    I’m working on an inpatient oncology covid unit right now, and that’s the only reason why I’m provided with an n95 for my shift. So yes, I agree, maybe working in Covid units/ED/ICU, is the safest choice for now, provided that staff is equipped with appropriate ppe. I know my colleagues on regular inpatient onc floor can still keep their pt on the floor if the team decides to rule the pt out for covid, but staff is not given any n95 unless an aerolising procedure is performed! Also, I know of an onc pt who was only on contact precautions for mrsa and had been admitted for a week, and as she started spiking fevers the team decided to test her for covid, and voila, she’s now positive and moved to my floor. Wonder how many staff went into that room without masks on when she was only on contact.
  2. OncologyCat

    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    That’s why I’m staying in inpt for now. I’m working on a covid unit so that’s the only reason why I’m provided with an n95 for my shift. I have an interview for a cancer center outpt clinic that was supposed to open in June, but with the covid going on IDK if the clinic is opening within that timeline. My main reason for wanting to quit is the public has no idea how hard our job is, and I’m just frustrated I don’t have support from leadership, most of whom staying at home social distancing while us in the frontline have to work without proper PPE. The CDC constantly changes its guidelines to how much PPE we have left. Heck, Trump is accusing us of stealing PPE! We’re deemed essential, but seems like no one is taking care of the essentials. I’m enraged, but also stuck.
  3. OncologyCat

    CGFNS question

    Ah, sorry I didn’t read the OP’s post right. I thought she was educated in the US and failed her NCLEX. Good to know the process is different for nurses from other countries.
  4. OncologyCat

    Questions about CGFNS (CVS) Transcript Form validation

    Yes. They accepted my school seal but requires additional signatures from the staff at the Admissions Office. They sent a new form to the Admissions Office, and basically the form requires anyone who involved in the process of sending my transcripts over to CGFNS had to sign it. The school was kind enough to send the form over for me to review and update me with the process. If your school is not listed in the CGFNS system then I guess it’s on them, so unfortunately you might have to wait some more. CGFNS is notorious for handling things slowly. Maybe you can ask your school to write a letter confirming the school is legit/accredited and all?
  5. OncologyCat

    They locked up all the masks

    I just got an email from my employer saying that all masks and purell sanitizer bottles on the floor are gonna be tracked daily
  6. OncologyCat

    Questions about CGFNS (CVS) Transcript Form validation

    I think your best bet is to call/come to your school and ask to talk to whoever handles the signature/seal and explain the situation. Sometimes things get missed during communication between CGFNS and the school, so I’d recommend follow up with the school and CGFNS closely. My validation form used to take a while to be accepted as well since (as far as I remember) CGFNS required all members of the admissions office from my school to sign it. I did call my school and have them updated me with any notifications they have from CGFNS. I believe it took me a month for the form to finally be accepted.
  7. OncologyCat

    CGFNS question

    You need to first obtain your RN license before you can start the CGFNS service. Good luck with your NCLEX.
  8. OncologyCat

    Finding sponsored jobs

    I highly doubt that you’d find an agency or even hospital that is willing to sponsor you but doesn’t require a contract. Immigration sponsorship is a lengthy and expensive process, so I’m sure the employer wouldn’t want to splurge their budget to sponsor you, only for you to work for a couple months until you have your green card and decide to quit. I received my sponsorship from a hospital and they still require me to sign a three-year contract or I have to pay them back all immigration processing fees. If you truly cannot commit to contracts, my advice is be prepared to pay the compensation fees when you decide to resign from wherever you obtained your sponsorship.
  9. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a large teaching hospital. Official announcements from DHMC itself only said the two patients are DHMC employees; it wasn’t specified if they are healthcare professionals or not. They could be housekeepers for all I know . But judging that they were invited to a close business party at Tuck Business School, I’d guess they could be in business-related/managerial positions at the hospital.
  10. OncologyCat

    Specialties within the NP role

    I used to work in a hospital in New Hampshire and we had inpatient onc NPs at our unit; one is an FNP and the other one is a AGPCNP. I also know an AGACNP but she’s working outpatient onc, so it makes things a little bit confusing for me to research. It does look like in NH as long as you’re an NP you can work at any setting. I’m working inpatient onc in Massachusetts now and I don’t see NPs working inpatient at all; only PAs. Most NPs in Mass that I know work outpatient. I know NPs in Mass don’t have as much authority as NPs in New Hampshire so maybe that’s why I’ve only seen PAs inpatient. I’m still not sure yet if I want to do inpatient or outpatient onc but I’m leaning towards the Primary care program.
  11. OncologyCat

    Specialties within the NP role

    Thanks for mentioning the critical care/ER experience requirement for some AGACNP program! I have no desire to work in critical care or ER or peds as a nurse or nurse practitioner so I’ll probably do the Primary care program. Thanks for the advice.
  12. OncologyCat

    Specialties within the NP role

    Hi all, I’m looking for some advice on which specialties I should take when applying for NP school. I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming an NP, and I think I will apply at the end of this year for the upcoming Fall 2021 entering period. I’m an oncology nurse and I want to continue in oncology as an NP. I know I don’t want to work with kids so I ruled FNP out, but many of my coworkers tell me FNP don’t have to treat kids and will have a better chance finding jobs as a new grad. So now I’m conflicted because I initially wanted to do Adult-Gero Primacy care so I can work as an Outpt Onc NP. Also, I was told that if I don’t want to work critical care and vents, don’t do Adult-Gero acute care, but I’m curious if I want to be an Inpatient Onc NP, do I need to do the acute care track? One more thing, will a new grad NP be able to secure a job as an Onc NP right out of school, or do new grads tend to do sth else before they can get into a specialty? Thanks in advance!
  13. OncologyCat

    pay scale for boston RN's?

    Oh and also MGH offered me ~$1-2 more per hour than union hospitals, but the benefits at the union hospitals are better in my opinion. MGH also has an orientation salary rate (~$4/hr lower than your base salary when you work independently off orientation) for however long your orientation is, while union hospitals pay you your base salary the entire time. Just fyi.
  14. OncologyCat

    pay scale for boston RN's?

    I’m a new hire at one of the Harvard-affiliated hospitals in Boston with 2 years experience. Salary varies between hospitals ofc but for 2 years experience I was offered anywhere from $34-35/hour base for inpatient nursing. Every year you might be eligible for a raise of $1-2/hr I believe.
  15. OncologyCat

    Moving to Boston

    I moved go Boston from New Hampshire a couple months ago; no experience or connection whatsoever with any of the big name hospitals in Boston. It’s definitely a long process, so be patient! I think I put out ~20 applications for 3 months until I finally got 3 callbacks in 1 week. Do you have your MA RN license? If you don’t, get this asap or your application will never be touched! Do you have any specific hospitals in mind that you want to work at? What I did when I applied was apply independently to the job postings from the hospital, but I also connected with a recruiter from an agency which primarily staff nurses for big name hospitals in Boston so that I have more options (Millenium agency I believe). You will earn more as a traveller of course, but if you don’t like floating among hospitals in the area that might not be a good choice.
  16. OncologyCat

    Pros/Cons of Two Major Job Offers

    For me I’d rather do the full time position, have a year or so of experience under my belt and then apply for a position in NYP if I desire. There’s no guarantee that there’ll be extra shifts every week that you can pick up, not to mention if the extra shifts are already the ones you’re on schedule for. It shouldn’t matter whether you worked in a major campus or not as a new grad. Yes the brand name can be attractive on resume, but it’s the experiences you gain as a nurse that should matter. You probably won’t learn as much when you only work part time as a new nurse; the exposure to pt care is utmost important.
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