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    Advice on chemo teaching points

    Awesome points, thank you!
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    Advice on chemo teaching points

    Hi fellow onc nurses! I've been working in outpatient chemo infusion for about a year now but I admit I still get nervous every time I get a new patient! I just can't seem to get my chemo teaching spiel down. Any advice? What are your main teaching points? Sometimes I struggle because I don't want to overwhelm them by giving too much information, especially patients who are super anxious. But then I always worry that I've left something out. I print out the chemo pamphlets on each drug and review them and as far as general teaching i always cover infection prevention (hand washing, no raw fish/meet, wash fresh fruits and veggies, avoid sick people, etc; also...what do you tell them when the ask if they should wear a mask in public?), bleeding precautions, importance of hydration and nutrition, control of side effects (diarrhea, constipation, neuropathy, etc). I also usually tell them that the steroid may keep them up and cause blood sugar spikes if they're diabetic. Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks so much!!
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    Metallic taste/nausea with saline flushes

    When I worked inpatient if my patients complained of that taste, I would pull up the saline from those 10 ml plastic vials and the patients always said they didn't taste anything!
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    Management perspective on applying for jobs in person?

    Thank you for your input I appreciate it. I think I'm just gonna do it!
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    South Florida. . .are there ANY good hospitals??

    Hi! I'm looking for jobs in South Florida, considering Cleveland Clinic. Just wondering if you ended up making the switch? Thanks!
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    South Florida Hospitals

    Hi! I'm in the same position now that you were. Just wondering where you ended up working? Thanks!
  7. Hi there! Just wondering if you ended up accepting the job? I'm considering applying for a job in their infusion center. If so, how do you like it, how is the salary, etc? Thanks so much!
  8. I was just wondering how nurse managers feel about applying for a job in person? I just moved to a new city and there is a facility right down the street from me that I think I may like to work at. I have no connections here and have no way of finding out who the manager is. Is it completely inappropriate to show up to the facility with a cover letter and resume? Thanks to all in advance!!
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    Best Onc jobs in South Florida?

    Hi all! I just moved to South Florida after spending a year doing travel nursing in NYC. I was doing outpatient chemo/infusion. I'm not familiar with the hospitals down here and was hoping for some guidance on the best places to work. I've seen postings with Cleveland Clinic and Broward Imperial Point. Also with Lynn Cancer Institute but I think that position was filled. I would prefer to stay in Palm Beach County. I worked at high-volume fast-paced facilities and am looking for something a little more low key and for less stress (does such a thing exist in onc nursing?). Thanks so much!!
  10. Hi all, I recently moved back to South Florida after spending a year doing travel nursing in NYC. I feel extremely lost and don't know what my next move should be. I feel very burned out from the bedside. I had a job lined up when I returned but I quit because I couldn't cope with the stress and felt I needed a break. It's been a little over month since I quit and now I'm starting to get anxious about being out of the work force for too long, and of course have financial concerns. I only have experience in Central Florida so I'm unfamiliar with the hospital systems down here. I've been a nurse for almost 5 years now. I have 2 years of experience on a med/surg/onc floor, 1 year of experience in peds hem/onc (I do not want to work in peds anymore) and 1 year of adult outpatient chemo/infusion. I struggle with confidence because I never stayed at a job long enough, this of course has been effecting me as I search for jobs. I would sincerely appreciate some thoughtful feedback. What are my options for non-bedside nursing jobs? I just want LESS STRESS! Here are some of the job I've been considering: Hospice Admissions Case Management (interested in this but not sure what it entails/if i would need experience?) Office Practice Holistic/Wellness I've also seen a per diem job for surgical pre-admission testing, that job seems like it might be lower stress? Also...any advice on hospitals/companies would be greatly appreciated. I have seen some non-bedside postings with Vitas Hospice, Boca Raton Community Hospital, Holy Cross Fort Lauderdale, Hospice of Palm Beach County. I would prefer to stay in Palm Beach County. Sorry this is such a long post...would really appreciate some kind and thoughtful feedback. Thank you to all in advance!
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    Admissions RN duties?

    Hi there! I was just wondering if you ended up going for the admissions job? I'm also extremely burnt out from bedside nursing! I've just spent the past year travel nursing and am now looking for a new job. I do have 5 years of oncology experience but had minimal experience with end-of-life/hospice cases. I remember dealing with the admissions nurse when I worked inpatient and always thought it seemed like such an interesting job.
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    Best time to apply to Florida hospitals

    Luckily I have my BSN. I can't believe that ratio! That's scary. I'm used to 3-4. Thanks for the info!
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    Best time to apply to Florida hospitals

    thank you so much for the info! i will definitely be in touch :)
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    Best time to apply to Florida hospitals

    Did you end up moving to FL? I live in Orlando, have worked here 3 years and I actually want to move to NYC. I really liked your post on another thread and tried to reply to your comment but it wouldn't let me. This is what I posted: Hi NYCRN16, I found your post very helpful! $10,000 is the number I had in my had for savings prior to moving up there. You seem like you know the NYC job market and overall living experience very well...would you be able to answer a few questions for me? Like the person that originally started this thread, it is my dream to move to NYC. I'm originally from LI, have family in the city and have always wanted to move back (we moved to FL when I was 6). NY is in my blood! I have 2 years experience on a surgical oncology unit (mastectomies, lots of head and neck patients so have exp with larys and trachs, whipples, colorectal surgeries, etc) and started a job in pediatric hem/onc in January. I knew I wanted chemo experience prior to moving, and have been getting a lot of that at my current job. I know I want to stay in oncology, just figuring out if I def wanna say in peds. Of course my ultimate dream is to work at MSKCC! Don't even know where to start regarding getting in there, though. Anyway, I would like to move to NYC around Feb of next year (if I have enough money) but I'm deciding if I should get up there via travel nursing or try to find a permanent job. I'm a little wary of the travel nursing thing, and I know that NYC is where I want to be permanently. What is your opinion on this? Also, about housing...I have bad credit as a result of bad decisions I made back in college, but I have a perfect rental history. What are the chances a landlord will accept me? Feel free to email me dvaccino@gmail.com or reply here. I would really appreciate any advice/insight! Thank you so much.
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    Moving to NYC, need advice!

    Hi NYCRN16, I found your post very helpful! $10,000 is the number I had in my had for savings prior to moving up there. You seem like you know the NYC job market and overall living experience very well...would you be able to answer a few questions for me? Like the person that originally started this thread, it is my dream to move to NYC. I'm originally from LI, have family in the city and have always wanted to move back (we moved to FL when I was 6). NY is in my blood! I have 2 years experience on a surgical oncology unit (mastectomies, lots of head and neck patients so have exp with larys and trachs, whipples, colorectal surgeries, etc) and started a job in pediatric hem/onc in January. I knew I wanted chemo experience prior to moving, and have been getting a lot of that at my current job. I know I want to stay in oncology, just figuring out if I def wanna say in peds. Of course my ultimate dream is to work at MSKCC! Don't even know where to start regarding getting in there, though. Anyway, I would like to move to NYC around Feb of next year (if I have enough money) but I'm deciding if I should get up there via travel nursing or try to find a permanent job. I'm a little wary of the travel nursing thing, and I know that NYC is where I want to be permanently. What is your opinion on this? Also, about housing...I have bad credit as a result of bad decisions I made back in college, but I have a perfect rental history. What are the chances a landlord will accept me? Feel free to email me dvaccino@gmail.com or reply here. I would really appreciate any advice/insight! Thank you so much.
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