Care for patients before and after they undergo bone marrow transplant.
What does a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse do?
Bone Marrow Transplant Nurses are specialized Oncology Nurses who work in hospitals alongside Bone Marrow Transplant Physicians, assisting them by providing pre- and post-transplant care to patients whose bone marrow has been damaged by diseases such as leukemia (that is, blood cancer), anemia, juvenile osteoporosis, and Hodgkin’s disease.
As all mothers teach their children, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Turns out, what’s true in the sandbox is also true in the skeletal system, as the interior of bones is the most important part. There, bone marrow produces new blood cells – including the white kind, which help people fight disease. Because bone marrow’s so important, losing it to disease can be devastating. As a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse, you help get it back.
Like other Nurses, a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse works on the front lines of health care. There, you do typical nursing duties like informing and educating patients, keeping patient records, checking patients’ vital signs, drawing blood, dressing wounds, administering medications, and helping patients with everyday tasks like eating, dressing, and bathing.
That’s only the beginning, however. One of your biggest responsibilities, for example, is administering chemotherapy to patients prior to transplants for the purpose of destroying bad bone marrow and making room for good. Both the radiation and the transplant cause serious side effects, so it’s up to you as the Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse to help patients physically, mentally, and emotionally manage them.
It can take up to six months to recover from a bone marrow transplant, so your job isn’t over after the procedure. It’s just beginning. With your help, though, cancer patients can make a full recovery, from the inside out!