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  1. ittybittynurse

    Pediatric oncology nursing

    I used to work in Adult Oncology outpatient. I am now inpatient and with peds and cancer. So I just finished my training about 2 weeks ago. Because of my previous experience with chemotherapy I felt I was able to sink in smoothly only on that department (medications) everything is else is completely new to me. Outpatient vs. Inpatient. Most chemotherapy is given in an outpatient settings especially for adults. People come in for treatment and leave that same day within hours. Some treatments are given once a week, or three times a week. Or even once a month depending on their cancer. Outpatient patients are for the most part healthy enough to go home. Yes they are sick, they have side effects and you have to teach a lot. Give them information, teach family members and pts on just about every topic: cancer treatments, side effects, medications, what to do when they have a fever, when to call the doctor, when to go to E.R. and so forth. Its a fast paced environment. At times I felt overwhelmed, but its always rewarding at the end bc you get to teach a lot. pts call you and trust you, especially when you give them a lot of information. Inpatient setting you get to see a full picture at the tip of your hands especially with children since the family is always involved. You get to know pts very close and personal bc you are treating their complications from the chemo. You give chemo also, but you're monitoring them closer bc of side effects that led them to stay in the hospital. Bc I started with adults, switching to peds was challenging on many levels. One of them, which I have to be honest about is how to talk to kids. How to get their attention. Its a different language. I take myself back into my past in my own seven year old shoes and I imagine how I would want a nurse to talk to me, what I would like to hear the nurse say to me and in what tone of voice. I feel like you have to be childlike and animated no matter what peds setting you're in. Bc I don't have kids, I imagine how I would treat my kids, or how I would like my child to be treated if they were sick. With children you have to zoom in closer and understand the picture. Its scary. but then again any setting in nursing is intimidating.....but once you got the hang of it and you learn more you gain confidence and you're able to bring more to the table. Nursing in general is challenging, besides all those qualities that depicts a nurse: loving, caring, patient....I honestly believe a nurse needs to be TOUGH/Strong... You have to be able to put up with a lot. From family, to patients, and even death. You have to be able and willing to face any challenge. You're allowed to cry and share how you feel but you gotta be tough, you have to be able to move on. You can take you're experience bad or good learn from it. Nursing school is challenging, and even then after you're done with school it gets more challenging. There's is a tremendous amount of scientific knowledge involved. If you're looking into programs make sure you go with a B.S.N because a lot of well known hospitals are hiring bachelor degree nurses only, that's how they keep their magnet status. Usually take 4-5 years to complete from beginning with pre-reqs to finishing the program. You can take 1-2 years to complete your pre-reqs, and full bachelor nursing program is 3 years I was 16 when I decided I wanted to go to nursing school. I graduated from H.S. went straight into my pre reqs tooks me 2 years, and was admitted to a nursing program. Finished about 3 years ago. I'm a nurse. You're never too young or too old. Set your heart&mind on it stay strong and do it! Nursing is rewarding, but some nurses are underpaid. And I could give you digits and numbers on how much we make, and you may think "wow, that's good money" or that's fair. But in reality, at least speaking from my experience nurses deserve more. we do so much in health care. we could never be over paid. And If we do we deserve it.
  2. ittybittynurse

    Which would be better? ADN or BSN?

    Many hospitals aren't hiring ADN anymore. Go with BSN. I know of nurses with experience and have an ADN, and are going back to get BSN, they have kids now, and work full time and go to school full time, its more challenging. Just get it out of the way BSN!
  3. ittybittynurse

    HELP!! I had a stalker and because of HIPAA I lost my RN

  4. ittybittynurse

    Extra small petite ittybitty?

    So the only brand that carries (that i know of) x-small petit size pants and shirts is cherokee. Is there another brand? And i'm looking for prints(cartoon scrubs) thanks
  5. ittybittynurse

    Question about two chemo meds

    In my facility (outpatient) we push adria. Over 30 minutes while hydration drips. Cyclophosphimide hangs in a bag after adriamycin.
  6. ittybittynurse

    How can I start with Oncology Nursing?

    Don't be afraid to jump into it. I did right after college. I love it. Seek for outpatient clinics/dr. Offices where you can grow and focus more on treatment rather than bedside care.
  7. ittybittynurse

    10 ml Saline Flush- Metallic Taste??

    After accessing many porta-caths at my outpatient oncology office I have discovered that some patients (not all) have a metallic taste at the back of their mouth. Some smell a salty strong bad odor as I flush the saline. I always suggest a mint/gum to chew/suck while I flush the saline before and after their treatment. Has anyone ever had this experience. For some pts is so bad it makes them gag and throw up. I blame it on the Saline bc When I flush the Heparin at the end they don't experience this "bad" taste/smell. Any input? Always been so curious about this. What exactly causes this?
  8. ittybittynurse

    OCULAR Cancer/melanoma:mucoepidermoid

    anyone has information on ocular cancer? for early stage dx? I can't find it anywhere. Specifically: mucoepidermoid ca. I know its rare. but in case anyone has any type of info please send it right away.
  9. ittybittynurse

    Loma Linda RN Residency in Pediatrics

    Did any else apply to their rn residency program for their pediatric units. hei app was due in april. I am wondering if anyone has heard back from Loma Linda University Children's Hospital - RN Residency in Pediatrics
  10. ittybittynurse

    Northridge Hospital Medical Center

    What is the difference between internal and external applicants!?
  11. ittybittynurse

    Northridge Hospital Medical Center

    They should be calling us this week or next...anyone got a call back yet>???????????????? im nervous
  12. ittybittynurse

    Northridge Hospital Medical Center

    Northridge on Roscoe is correct, it is part of CHW (catholic healthcare west). Also Mid-May officially begins on the 15th , which makes it May 17th for working days. So I guess starting next week. Does anyone know how many people applied? They are targeting graduates from the past 6 mo. to a year with BSN. I graduate May 09 so I'm crossing my fingers I get it an interview.
  13. ittybittynurse

    New Grads of 2009

    I am a graduate from May 2009, but I passed my nclex in December '09, I started looking for jobs after I passed. I have not found a job either
  14. ittybittynurse

    Northridge Hospital Medical Center

    When do you think they will start calling people for interviews. I don't want to call and bother them just because May isn't over yet. But then again i'm so eager to find out.
  15. ittybittynurse

    Pearsonvue "Trick". Is this TRUE? Does it Work Every Time?

    its true!
  16. ittybittynurse

    Northridge Hospital Medical Center

    NHCM RN Residency application was was due in the last week of April Has any applicants had a call back yet?