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what are the steps to being a pediatric oncology nurse?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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First obtain RN...: You must first become a registered nurse (rn). Then, applying to pediatric hospital that cares for kids with cancer can give you on the job training. See http://www.Wisegeek.Com/how-do-i-become-a-pediatric-oncology-nurse.Htm for a decent overview of the process. Good luck!
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Become nurse: Graduate from a nursing program with rn or rn/bsn degree. Obtain training in pediatric oncology, either through formal training or by on-the-job training. There is nursing certification in pediatric hematology/oncology available through the association of pediatric hematology/oncology nurses.

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What can I expect from nurses caring for my baby in the nicu?

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Loving Care: These nurses bond with the babies they tend. They care for these infants for hours at a time, sometimes for weeks on end. Their love and tenderness shows in their actions. They may not always be able to answer your questions, or let you hold your tiny infant, but they will always care.
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Why cant I get back to sleep after I nurse the baby?

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Can be a few things: There can be many reasons for this, but in general it has to do with the baby being a baby... In other words, the baby was used to the environment of your stomach for nine months. Now, the baby is out and is confused and not sure how to calm and sleep without those feelings again. You may notice the baby sleeps while held. Holding, rocking, pacifier use, white noises, calm and quiet all help.
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What are the survival rates for pediatric brain tumors?

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Brain tumors vary...: There are many different types of brain tumors, each with it's own risks and survival rates. Some are benign and require no intervention and others are serious and could involve surgical intervention, radiation therapy or/and chemotherapy. Best thing to do is to talk with your own doctor to find out the specifics. Also ask what institution has the best success rate with treatment.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there specialists in pediatric radiation oncology?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Yes: While there is no formal fellowship for pediatric radiation oncology there are people who have a focus in treating pediatric patients. These physicians are most commonly at academic centers as opposed to in private practice.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Just checked. St Jude indeed offers a clinical fellowship, not sure it is ACGME approved.also linked to the UFla Proton Facility.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Will walking through the radiation oncology department expose me to dangerous levels of radiation?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
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No: There is plenty of shielding to protect you and the healthcare workers. There are rules, and regulations to monitor these levels in common areas.

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