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What's the hours, working conditions and salary for a pediatric oncologist nurse?

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Reba’s Answer

A pediatric oncology nurse can work a variety of different schedules. Usually these RNs are in the hospital environment and work 3 - 12 hour shifts per week (some hospitals offer schedules with 5 -8 hour shifts/week). They will most often be expected to work a rotating holiday and weekend schedule (usually every other weekend). Schedules can include working nights, days, evenings or a combination of days/nights/evenings. It is a tough job, as you will be taking care of children that are very sick. You will be taking care of not only a child but also their family. Oncology nurses work in an environment that is often fast-paced and can be mentally taxing many days due to the acuity of their patients. The working conditions of a pediatric oncology nurse are similar to any other specialty in the hospital. You can have anywhere from 1-5 patients per shift. When taking care of sicker patients, generally you will have smaller patient load. Pediatric oncology RNs will provide general nursing duties as stated by Julie Clark. Pay is based on state/region you are in. I would recommend googling pay for nurses in your state. You can also find information on pay in glassdoor. Generally, RN's, no matter the specialty are paid based on years of experience rather than speciality (i.e. oncology RN vs. medical surgical RN). Hope this helps!
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Julie’s Answer

The working hours for a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner vary depending on setting and seniority. The typical shift in a hospital is 12 hours. If you work 12-hour shifts, you may only be required to work four days a week. However, you may have to work on the weekends.
A typical work day can be quiet or hectic, but it is always rewarding. Certain tasks must always be completed: Physical assessments, administering medications, bathing, toileting, and rounding with doctors. You may have a patient who is newly diagnosed with cancer or you may have a patient that gets to go home.
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