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What it’s like working as an oncology nurse

Joining a cancer ward can be daunting, but it allows you to work closely with patients
Nurses Emma Cuthbert and Chelsea Jackson from the oncology ward at Northampton General Hospital

Joining a cancer ward can be daunting, but it allows you to work closely with patients

Joining a cancer ward can be a nerve-wracking prospect, with many nurses worried about the toll on their own emotional well-being.

‘There’s a stigma around cancer nursing because it’s such an emotional and specialised area,’ says staff nurse Chelsea Jackson. ‘But I’d say don’t be scared. There are opportunities for learning, especially if you want to progress in your career.’

After graduating from the University of Northampton in 2016, Ms Jackson joined Northampton General Hospital’s 24-bed Talbot Butler oncology and


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