Reply To: Oncology Orientation on inpatient units

  • Patricia Conlon

    August 23, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Our nurses complete gen peds orientation first.

    We have had to get creative with chemo check offs after class work has been completed.
    We assign nurses to certain patients in our infusion therapy center with a preceptor to complete check off more efficiently.

    Patricia Conlon, APRN, CNS
    Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Mayo Clinic Children’s Center
    Rochester, MN
    Original Message:
    Sent: 08-23-2022 11:29 AM
    From: Brandi O’Dell
    Subject: Oncology Orientation on inpatient units

    Good morning everyone,
    We are having a large increase in the number of new nurses we need to orient to oncology and chemo administration. We are a 14 bed inpatient Hematology/Oncology and general pediatric unit. Our average number of nurses on per shift is 4-5 with an average daily census of 5-6 Oncology patients with the remainder of the beds full with gen peds.  For other facilities similar to ours, how do you all schedule orientations? Do you orient to both general peds and hem/onc at the same time? Do you do a staggered orientation where the new nurse would finish gen peds orientation first, work for a time as a gen peds only nurse and then put them back on orientation for the Hem/Onc and chemo administration orientation? How do you handle multiple people orienting at the same time when you have a small staff and a small number of oncology patients?

    Brandi O’Dell, MSN,RN,CPN
    Altoona, IA
    United States