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An insight into Oncology nursing

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Emma on ward 5FS.

I’m sure this is a thought every grad is experiencing right now, but I honestly can’t believe I am already well and truly into my eighth month of my grad year! My days of “sorry I’m a grad” are slipping away right before my eyes and before I know it I’ll be supporting the 2017 grads.

That realisation aside, the last time I wrote, I was excitedly sharing my experiences of taking on a student and missed the whole intro to life on 5FS. With time flying by as fast as it is, I figure I better focus on that this time around because before I know it that ship will have sailed and I’ll be on my new ward.

As I previously mentioned, 5FS is an Oncology, Haematology, Endocrinology and Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) ward. So as far as wards go, we have a smorgasbord of presentations walk through our doors.

This mere mix of patients is a challenge in itself, and yet our fantastic team of nurses, doctors, allied health, ward clerks and PSAs make it work. Co-ordinating it all are our NUM and ANUMs who work tirelessly to bring it all together.

With such a large variety of presentations, every day I am learning something new. From exacerbation of COPD, pneumonia, UTIs, functional decline, diabetic ketoacidosis, multiple myeloma, glioblastoma and small-cell lung carcinoma (just to name a few) – there is always something new to add to my ever expanding database of knowledge.

Despite the wealth of knowledge I have gained on 5FS, possibly the greatest thing I have come to learn is that I LOVE medical nursing. It is commonly said among nurses that you are either a surgical or medical nurse and so far in my grad year, I’ve been lucky enough to work on both and have learnt early on in my career that medical nursing is for me.

With many of my own family and friends having fought a cancer battle, Oncology has always been an area of interest for me. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to explore this passion of mine and make my dream of Oncology Nursing a reality!

Since starting on 5FS a recurring comment I’ve heard is “Oh, I couldn’t do oncology. It’d be too hard”. Now, let me be honest with you for a moment.

Yes, it is difficult at times. There are nights where I am so physically and emotionally exhausted from the shift that when I get to my car, I am crying before I can even put the key in the ignition. But despite that, I am loving this rotation. I love helping patients and their families through those really challenging, vulnerable and emotional journeys. For me, the greatest fulfilment in nursing doesn’t come from the adrenaline rush of a MET call or a Code Blue. But rather forming that rapport with my patients and being able to hold their hand and listen to their deepest fears.

Yes, it is difficult. Yes, I lose patients regularly. But no, I wouldn’t change my job for the world. And when the going gets really tough, though 5FS doesn’t quite have the same views as The Penthouse did, we still have teasing glimpses of some beautiful sunrises & sunsets to remind us that there is a little beauty in every day.

Until next time, set out and chase your dreams & remind yourself of the ordinary beauty in your lives!

One Comment

  1. Thank you Emma,

    I am 2nd year MAP student, soon to commence my first placement at Peninsula Health in 5FS. Your overview of the 5FS ward and the diversity of presentations is excellent and has provided me with a little insight into what I should expect on the ward.

    Cheers, Jen