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    OCN Exam help!

    Job experience + tons of practice questions.
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    Outpatient Infusion to Outpatient Oncology

    Chemocare.com to learn your drugs. An ons.org membership gets you monthly journals and discounts on your chemo/bio certification as well as OCN certification, which your facility may reimburse you for. Core Curriculum for Oncology Nursing was the most helpful textbook I could find, and you get a discount with the ONS membership. If your facility lets drug reps visit, talk to them about free books they may be able to order for you.
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    port accessing tips.

    Practice, practice, practice. Stabilization is key, especially for the deep ones. My patients have said the way their port sits can change over time, especially if they have lost a lot of weight. If it feels tilted to one side, make sure you push down the opposite side so you hit the circle straight on. You don't have to "stab," just pull skin taut and push with steady pressure. Have patients take a deep breath as distraction. Use lidocaine spray or EMLA cream if they really have a hard time with it (I'm outpatient oncology and I do this for <10% of people, most can handle accession just fine). If you don't get blood return, have them take deep breaths, lie flat, turn their heads and cough, raise the arm on that side, stand up and lean over, etc. Our facility has us instill high dose heparin first for fibrin sheaths which never works, but then alteplase always does.
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    Why do I nearly pass out?

    Have a chair behind you if you're watching a procedure so you can quickly rest and recover. For me, just knowing the chair is there if I need it takes a bit of the stress away. Nurses have said you become desensitized to the sights and smells after time.
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    Truman College

    I'll second Dr. Onoda for Biology -- he knows how to highlight the important things that you need to retain after this course. Good sense of humor, too! Dr. Torralba for Chem 121 was great, too -- he's very kind and helpful outside of class hours.
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    Ccc nursing program: Fall 2013 City of Chicago

    Hi everybody, I got into Truman! 3.4 GPA, 96 TEAS. Been stalking this board for months. Looking forward to working with y'all!

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