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A guide to becoming a PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSE or DOCTOR

A photo of VvnWong VvnWong
Hello, I am currently in high school right now about to become a grade 12 student. I have a strong interest in the medical field. I just wanted some information and help about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist or nurse. Also, if I take Life Sciences, am I able to become a nurse after I receive bsc?
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@VvnWong wrote
Hello, I am currently in high school right now about to become a grade 12 student. I have a strong interest in the medical field. I just wanted some information and help about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist or nurse. Also, if I take Life Sciences, am I able to become a nurse after I receive bsc?



In order to become a pediatric oncologist, you're going to need to go to medical school (obviously) but before that, you'll need to pursue a bachelor's degree in a program of your choice. Believe it or not, it doesn't need to be science...all you need are the prerequisites that med schools ask for. In any event, make your your grades are community service are top notch. I would also reccomend participating in some research oppertunities. Once you've been admitted, and then graduate from medical school, you're going to go into residency, where you'll get specialized experience in the specific field you wish to pursue...in this case...pediatrics and oncology.

If you'd like to become a nurse, unfortunately you'll need either a diploma or degree (a degree is potentially better) in Nursing. Also, if you do a BSc in Nursing, you'll probably not be able to apply for medical school unless you hvae the necessary prereqs.

I wish you the best of luck! I'm planning on pursuing school to go into pediatrics. It's a great field.
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You can pursue the nursing path as an after degree too. That would make it a good backup plan for med school. U of A has one: http://www.nursing.ualberta.ca/Undergraduate/ProgramDescriptions/BScNAfterDegree.aspx

(I post U of A examples because I find them easiest to find)
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I'm a student in my school's BScN nursing program, and though it may be hard to get all of your required pre-reqs for Med school while in the program, it's possible. I've heard of many nursing students entering the program with the INTENTION of continuing into med school with their nursing grades. Some only discover after starting nursing school that they want to keep going and would rather be in medicine instead. While studying as a nurse, you will be exposed to doctors working in clinical settings and will see first hand if that is something you would want. That way you have a "back-up" plan, and you can even work as a part-time nurse while in med school (some people have done it) and get good wage to support yourself!

It's all in your hands, but remember that you don't have to decide everything now, some things you will have to learn and discover about yourself and what you want as time goes by, and by taking a chance.

Good luck! :cheers:
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What are the benefits of the nursing program?

Can you actually continue to become a specialist, or does every one who take the program do it for the sole purpose of becoming a nurse...



BTW, if he wants to apply to med school while doing nursing, it means nursing is going to be his backup in case he doesn't get accepted... not med school.
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I'm pretty sure there is a nursing school at UT too. You can apply for the school with a BSc as undergrad. Just another option :].
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@VvnWong wrote
Hello, I am currently in high school right now about to become a grade 12 student. I have a strong interest in the medical field. I just wanted some information and help about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist or nurse. Also, if I take Life Sciences, am I able to become a nurse after I receive bsc?



I am a 3rd year nursing student at UWO and when I was in high school I was at a similar crossroads... I actually just did a placement in oncology in my second year and it was amazing!

As mentioned earlier, in order to become an oncology physician you need to attain a bachelor's degree, attend a medical school, and then specialize in oncology. It is a very long and expensive road, so I would recommend that you try to volunteer or get a placement in this area before committing!

If I could suggest anything, it would be to take nursing as your undergrad!!

It's an amazing program, you learn a ton relevant information and skills, and you actually get to go to placements (such as my oncology placement) while you are learning! From here, you can graduate as a nurse with your BScN and work in almost any setting imaginable. The jobs are endless, the pay is great, and it is a very rewarding job.

AND...

The best part is, if you decide you want to take it a step further and try for medical school, you can apply with a nursing degree. In fact, the skills you learn throughout your nursing degree will make you even more prepared for a career in medicine.

If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer!
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@VvnWong wrote
Hello, I am currently in high school right now about to become a grade 12 student. I have a strong interest in the medical field. I just wanted some information and help about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist or nurse. Also, if I take Life Sciences, am I able to become a nurse after I receive bsc?



I am a 3rd year nursing student at UWO and when I was in high school I was at a similar crossroads... I actually just did a placement in oncology in my second year and it was amazing!

As mentioned earlier, in order to become an oncology physician you need to attain a bachelor's degree, attend a medical school, and then specialize in oncology. It is a very long and expensive road, so I would recommend that you try to volunteer or get a placement in this area before committing!

If I could suggest anything, it would be to take nursing as your undergrad!!

It's an amazing program, you learn a ton relevant information and skills, and you actually get to go to placements (such as my oncology placement) while you are learning! From here, you can graduate as a nurse with your BScN and work in almost any setting imaginable. The jobs are endless, the pay is great, and it is a very rewarding job.

AND...

The best part is, if you decide you want to take it a step further and try for medical school, you can apply with a nursing degree. In fact, the skills you learn throughout your nursing degree will make you even more prepared for a career in medicine.

If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer!




Thank you, that helped a lot! :D I'd like to ask how has the program been so far at UWO? and if dont mind letting me know your marks from highschool to now, just so i can see if im capable of taking on this program as well.
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@VvnWong wrote

@jreed0502 wrote

@VvnWong wrote
Hello, I am currently in high school right now about to become a grade 12 student. I have a strong interest in the medical field. I just wanted some information and help about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist or nurse. Also, if I take Life Sciences, am I able to become a nurse after I receive bsc?



I am a 3rd year nursing student at UWO and when I was in high school I was at a similar crossroads... I actually just did a placement in oncology in my second year and it was amazing!

As mentioned earlier, in order to become an oncology physician you need to attain a bachelor's degree, attend a medical school, and then specialize in oncology. It is a very long and expensive road, so I would recommend that you try to volunteer or get a placement in this area before committing!

If I could suggest anything, it would be to take nursing as your undergrad!!

It's an amazing program, you learn a ton relevant information and skills, and you actually get to go to placements (such as my oncology placement) while you are learning! From here, you can graduate as a nurse with your BScN and work in almost any setting imaginable. The jobs are endless, the pay is great, and it is a very rewarding job.

AND...

The best part is, if you decide you want to take it a step further and try for medical school, you can apply with a nursing degree. In fact, the skills you learn throughout your nursing degree will make you even more prepared for a career in medicine.

If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer!




Thank you, that helped a lot! :D I'd like to ask how has the program been so far at UWO? and if dont mind letting me know your marks from highschool to now, just so i can see if im capable of taking on this program as well.




No problem!!

Life at Western so far has been a blast. If you haven't already heard the rumours, UWO is kickass. The campus is beautiful, the party scene is great, and it has some of the highest rated programs, profs, etc. in the country. As for nursing, I absolutely love the program... I'm taking a lot of the same classes as my peers in med sci or health sci, plus I'm getting real-life experience within the hospitals in our various placements. It's also nice to know that if I don't get into med school, I have a backup plan to fall back on, in which I'm pretty well guaranteed an awesome job.

Unfortunately, the nursing programs across Ontario have the highest admissions averages out of any other program. When I got in to nursing at UWO the minimum average was 86%. However, the minimum admission average depends all on the applicants of the year that you apply, so it never hurts to throw in an application if your average is lower.
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@jreed0502 wrote

@VvnWong wrote

@jreed0502 wrote

@VvnWong wrote
Hello, I am currently in high school right now about to become a grade 12 student. I have a strong interest in the medical field. I just wanted some information and help about what I need to do to become a pediatric oncologist or nurse. Also, if I take Life Sciences, am I able to become a nurse after I receive bsc?



I am a 3rd year nursing student at UWO and when I was in high school I was at a similar crossroads... I actually just did a placement in oncology in my second year and it was amazing!

As mentioned earlier, in order to become an oncology physician you need to attain a bachelor's degree, attend a medical school, and then specialize in oncology. It is a very long and expensive road, so I would recommend that you try to volunteer or get a placement in this area before committing!

If I could suggest anything, it would be to take nursing as your undergrad!!

It's an amazing program, you learn a ton relevant information and skills, and you actually get to go to placements (such as my oncology placement) while you are learning! From here, you can graduate as a nurse with your BScN and work in almost any setting imaginable. The jobs are endless, the pay is great, and it is a very rewarding job.

AND...

The best part is, if you decide you want to take it a step further and try for medical school, you can apply with a nursing degree. In fact, the skills you learn throughout your nursing degree will make you even more prepared for a career in medicine.

If you have any more questions I would be happy to answer!




Thank you, that helped a lot! :D I'd like to ask how has the program been so far at UWO? and if dont mind letting me know your marks from highschool to now, just so i can see if im capable of taking on this program as well.




No problem!!

Life at Western so far has been a blast. If you haven't already heard the rumours, UWO is kickass. The campus is beautiful, the party scene is great, and it has some of the highest rated programs, profs, etc. in the country. As for nursing, I absolutely love the program... I'm taking a lot of the same classes as my peers in med sci or health sci, plus I'm getting real-life experience within the hospitals in our various placements. It's also nice to know that if I don't get into med school, I have a backup plan to fall back on, in which I'm pretty well guaranteed an awesome job.

Unfortunately, the nursing programs across Ontario have the highest admissions averages out of any other program. When I got in to nursing at UWO the minimum average was 86%. However, the minimum admission average depends all on the applicants of the year that you apply, so it never hurts to throw in an application if your average is lower.




I have a question for you.. I cant seem to find the information im looking for anywhere. But what is 3rd years placement? I know one is community, is the other something else or is that community as well?
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The other placement for third year at UWO is family health. I've heard it's the most boring placement that you do in the program, but others I know have loved it. From what I understand, you are placed with a family that needs some kind of counseling because of health issues or a low socio-economic status. Hopefully all goes well!
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Hi!

I just wanted to ask a random question but...if I want to go into the medical field, is nursing or a doctor the more worthwhile route? Is the education and schooling the same?

thx:colors:
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@thehopefulscholar614 wrote
Hi!

I just wanted to ask a random question but...if I want to go into the medical field, is nursing or a doctor the more worthwhile route? Is the education and schooling the same?

thx:colors:



Seriously???? Do you live in a hole?
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