What is it like to work in a hospital with children who have cancer?
My other career is to be children's cancer hospital because I want to help kids with cancer and make their life better and try to help them with their life's and their dream to be because I always think what happen if one of my family has cancer and I don't want anyone to die from cancer. I have a question about that how much do you get paid if you work their and what will your schedule be like because I really want to work and help out kids with that #hospital #cancer #oncology #hospital-and-health-care #healthcare #pediatrics
Ryan K.’s Answer
From the perspective of being on the receiving end of the subject of your question, I know the ends can be very rewarding.
The means, though, can be difficult. It also depends on what exactly you’d like to do: would you like to be an RN or an LPN (nurses)? Are you looking to be a pediatric cancer doctor? Perhaps, you’d like to be a social worker or counselor working in a pediatric cancer ward. There is the possibility of being a chaplain as well .... there are many possibilities to choose from, so, explore the possibilities and look into what feels right to you.
Some of the difficulties you may experience include the same things everyone experience at many jobs. There may be incompetent coworkers or abrasive administrative staff to work under. Families may be difficult to work with which is understandable given the circumstances, but, that doesn’t give anyone the right to be continuously rude or abusive.
One other thing to consider is the children themselves. Depending on the type of cancer and the treatment, some may suffer immensely. The greatest difficulty of all is seeing that, even with all the medical advancements, not everyone is going to survive. Sometimes, the children’s suffering is rather quick, considering .... maybe taking months. Other times, children go in and out of remission over a period of years - living into early adulthood only to pass away in their twenties or thirties.
In the end, it’s a very rewarding career. To know you’ve had a deep and sincere impact on a child’s life that they will never forget for the rest of their lives is an amazing experience. It’s not all doom and gloom as I may have made it sound. Many hospital settings are very good to work in providing their staff with many opportunities to better themselves over time.
I’m hopeful this gives you an idea of what it’s like and that I didn’t turn you off to the idea. Society needs people like you - people that are compassionate, caring and dedicated to their profession.