Nurse Answers: Is Your Job Depressing?

May 23, 2019
Angee Kilmer, BSN, RN-BC
Angee Kilmer, BSN, RN-BC

Angee Kilmer is the nursing supervisor of Radiation Oncology for the University of Kansas Cancer Centers. She is a member of the Kansas City Chapter of Health Information and Management Society and the social media board chair of the Heart of America Chapter of the American Nursing Informatics Association. Currently pursuing both an MSN and MBA, Angee is an aspiring leader at her institution. Outside of radiation oncology, her interests include systems improvement and leadership development.

Oncology nurses are often faced with the question, "Isn't your job depressing?" Hear what what radiation oncology nurse had to say.

People often ask oncology nurses, "Isn't your job depressing?" Angee Kilmer, BSN, RN-BC, nursing supervisor of radiation oncology for the University of Kansas Cancer Centers and contributor for Oncology Nursing News, doesn't think so.

Kilmer said that she heard the same question when she worked in transplant. Now, the radiation oncology nurse explained that patients with cancer are extremely kind and grateful, despite the difficult treatments that they are often going through. Being an oncology nurse opened her eyes to how loved ones can rally around a patient, and she said that she sees "real, down-to-Earth humanity" in what she does.