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    Peds Heme-Onc nursing- question/advice

    I work in a large pediatric hospital on a Heme/Onc unit. I would agree with much of what was said above regarding the population and how awesome they are (for the most part! :) ). For all of the patients who are wonderful and amazing, there are plenty who are mean and moody (especially on steroids), and I have definitely had a patient spit in my face over a blood pressure. They're not all strong and stoic like we would like to imagine them to be. The parents are much the same. Many are amazing, and it's as though their pains are our pains. We get calls when their children pass at home, attend memorials, and visit families if they passed in one of our ICUs. Parents will bring us dinner or donuts and send Christmas cards. But of course there are some where you just wonder why they even come stay, because they either ignore their kid or are actively unpleasant. I'm assuming that much is like the rest of the hospital where there are chronically ill children. Other than that, our ratios are 2-3:1, depending on acuity. Our kids also tend to stay a little longer than other floors, so there aren't a ton of admissions and discharges per day. We run a lot of blood products, chemo, etc., as was previously mentioned. Sometimes we also go to NICU to give chemo, or ED to access ports, etc. but we generally don't like to leave! It becomes all you know after a while. As far as being "sicker", it's true and not true. They have the potential to be very sick, but a lot of times they come in for chemo, hang out for count recovery, and are on their merry way. But yes, we obviously do see a lot of more complicated cases, hence the hospitalization (since many heme/onc patients never really need to be hospitalized are in seen outpatient for chemo and blood products). We get various complications related to drug toxicities, neutropenia, infections and the like. Many of the kids we see frequently inpatient relapse, and it can get very sad. It always seems like the sweetest kids, with the most fabulous parents, are the ones that have it the worst. But we have great staff support here, and it's like a second family. It's a great place to be! Just don't come with expectations that it will be like The Red Band Society or The Fault in Our Stars, and you'll be just fine
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    Any updates anyone? This thread seems to be half-dead. lol
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    I realize it's been awhile, so at this point you probably already know, but Heme-Onc/Onc/BMT are doing their last panel interviews today and phone calls will likely be made in the next 1-2 weeks
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    I would say that being a PCSA is certainly giving yourself the best chance possible, if you have the chance to do it.
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    Honestly, I don't know how many applications they get down there compared with other units. I have heard it's a great place to work though :)
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    5 west usually takes more than average, 5 east probably the least and only internals. OR and float team don't really take anyone in the march cohorts I know the oncology floor gets a lot more applications than people may think :) And I can't speak to the others because I haven't talked to anyone who works in them, but I know each unit wants someone who really wants to work that specific unit and is passionate about it!
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    It varies between cohorts, and it varies by unit. Some units will take 1 or 2 while others will take 9 for the same cohort. Depends. The ED usually hires mostly internally from what I've heard, but it's really really awesome down there so I'd give it a shot! Plus hearsay is just hearsay after all The hospital overall gets about half the applications for the March cohort as they do for the Fall, so now would definitely be the best time. Good luck all, hope to see you guys on the floor!
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    Well for one, I did get a PCSA job there right after the last application round, so that will help to at least get an interview. It's sort of like having a really long job interview already though! And believe me, they do NOT hire all PCSAs into the new grad program, as it should be. Especially on certain units where they have many PCSAs and few residency spots. They receive plenty of applications from highly qualified candidates that don't already work at CHLA. I know for the fall, they usually have well over a thousand applicants to the hospital. But anyway, that's on my resume now, and I'm now a sigma theta tau member so I added that as well. I also have done more volunteering. And of course actually having a licence number on there is a plus! There are two interviews you could be selected for, the first is about ten minutes sort of as a "speed date" with the education manger(s) where they'll ask you why nursing, why this floor, do you have any questions, what do you know about the residency, why CHLA. Basic stuff like that. And they're all super sweet and professional and try to make you feel comfortable, so far as I've heard. They usually choose far more applicants for that round as they have spots available, and will then narrow it down to about two times the number of people for spots available to do the hour-long interview. Although, I can only speak to my unit, and I'm sure it varies elsewhere. But I have chatted with a few other PCSAs when they've been floated to my floor, and it seems similar. Longevity and commitment do seem to be a factor, so when you start just make sure to work hard, don't call out, and be available when they call you or if they need to move you. Be flexible! Offer help! And learn everything you can about your unit :)
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    CHLA RN Residency Program March 2015

    I'm applying as a So-Cal resident as well. I haven't turned in my packet yet, but this is my second time applying so the one benefit of that is that at least I'm familiar with the process! I got to the "speed date" interview last time and wasn't called back for a second interview, but I'm hoping with the few changes I have for my resume etc. my chances are better now :) My first choice will be Hematology/Oncology and then I may put Oncology or BMT as my second just to show them that I really want to work that floor, but that might be a bit redundant since they have the same interviewers/hiring managers, and last time they told me that they will put people where they think they'll fit on that floor. I would also love the ED but have heard they pretty much only hire the internals who are already in the ED.
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