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Pediatric Oncology Nursing Did you know that one in one hundred new nurses will become a pediatric oncology nurse? Pediatric oncology nursing is a very demanding and heartwarming career. To be a pediatric oncology nurse means to be a primary care coordinator for the management of patients with cancer. A pediatric oncology nurse will assess patient needs, implementing a plan with appropriate tasks for the patient to gain progress. Not only will the pediatric oncology nurse help with the patient, but the family as well. The nurse will act as an advocate to inform families, patients, and other nurses on the nursing team. Taking a look at educational and professional requirements, salary range and expectations, aspects enjoyed the least and most, and the struggles of being a pediatric oncology nurse will help to better inform about pediatric oncology nursing. Pediatric oncology needs more nurses than any other areas of nursing because of the specialized one on one care that is needed. Pediatric oncology takes a lot schooling, and training. Not only does one have to complete nursing school, (four years) with a Bachelor’s degree, but also a year with specialized oncology training. Throughout nursing school, intense clinicals and classroom study is required. John Godfrey exclaimed, “Making it through the schooling was much tougher than actually working in the hospital with the pediatric cancer patients” (Godfrey.) Twenty-five hours of clinicals each week for four semesters is required, as well as twenty-five classroom hours a week. After that is completed, in order to become a pediatric oncology nurse, one must attend a class, for one year, receiving their certification in oncology training. CPR/ First Aid/ AED certification is required throughout nursing school, along with working in the hospital as a pediatric oncology nurse. Also, to be a pediatric oncologist one has to hold a CNA, (certified nursing assistant), as well as their CRT, (certified radiation tech.) Katherine Warren exclaimed, “If you can make it through the schooling, as well as all of the certifications needed, you will survive in this career” (“In Brief” par. 7.) A pediatric oncology nurse does not lead a normal life being in this profession, just as the children, (patients) they are caring for. “Trying to maintain some normality of life throughout this time is important if emotional, social, and intellectual development is to be maintained” (“In Brief” par. 8.) It makes it almost impossible to go home, from caring for a child all day that has a malignant tumor, and lead a normal day. Most people say that their job has become their life, and that is one hundred percent correct when being a pediatric oncology nurse. According to Katherine Warren, “A pediatric oncology nurse will wake up, go to work, and come home- yet still be at work” (“In Brief” par. 5.) Going to work as a pediatric oncology nurse, one cannot expect to go to work for the money and that is it. Knowing that you are waking up every morning to go help a child, or even just put a smile on a child’s face by knowing that you are helping them reach their goal of being cancer free is priceless (Godfrey.) A pediatric oncology nurse salary today, just starting out would be around $50,000.00 a year (Godfrey.) After gaining a few years of experience, a pediatric oncology nurse would make $67,930.00 a year (Godfrey.) Just like any other job, there are ups and downs, goods and bad. Things that I anticipate enjoying the most would be, getting to experience changing children’s lives every day, seeing the smiles on children’s faces, giving hope to families and children that are in need, and just doing what I love most and what I have always wanted to do. According to John Godfrey, “The best days will brighten up the worst days, leaving you with nothing but good days” (Godfrey.) Things that I anticipate enjoying the least would be; having to go through the deaths of children, leaving my patients at the