PRIMARY CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITES:
Summary of Position
The principal responsibility for the ONCOLOGY/INFUSION nurse in the Cancer Center is to provide improved clinical care with a primary focus on many of the increasingly complex care issues of the oncology and medical infusion patients and the timely triage of clinical issues to advanced practice providers and medical oncologists working in the outpatient setting.
The primary focus of the nurse will be to provide direct patient care to oncology and medical infusion patients in the infusion setting including but not limited to the initial nursing evaluation, development and ongoing implementation of care plan, education and counseling of patients and families. The nurse will be available to assist with patients, care givers or family members.
The nurse will practice according to ANA and ONS standards of care.
Specific Clinical Responsibilities
COMMUNICATION AND DOCUMENTATION
- Oncology and Medical infusions
- Assists with telephone triage and Short Stay roles
- Assist in triage of medical urgencies/emergencies to APP or MD (e.g. urgent medical problems, hypersensitivies,etc.)
- Coordinates, performs, and tracks injections according to pathways (such as neulasta, aranesp, lupron, etc.)
- Coordinates, performs, and tracks oncology infusions according to ONS guidelines.
- Coordinates and performs blood draws and flushes of central lines (i.e. PACs)
- Coordinates and performs hydration and other supportive care (iron, aranesp, etc.) in the practice
- Assesses psychosocial needs of patients and families, communicates with social service for follow up
- Assists patients with Advanced Directives as needed
- Provides ongoing patient management via telephone (prescriptions, teaching, symptom management)
- Attends and participates in team meetings as required
- Documents relevant patient information and current plan in EPIC Record
- Collaborates with Practice RN as appropriate
- Collaborates with NP/MD in clinical research trials
PROFESSIONAL NURSING ACTIVITIES AND CONT EDUCATION
- Excellent communication skills when working with colleagues and patients
- Prioritizes time to respond to competing demands with complex patient population
- Assist in maintaining an environment for safe and comfortable patient care
- Maintains steady communication with other members of healthcare team
- Demonstrates sensitivity and patience in responding appropriately to the verbal and nonverbal communication of patients/families/and coworkers
- Shows flexibility and compassion when dealing with a variety of patients/families in stressful situations
- Acts independently and utilizes good judgment in the resolution of clinical and non-clinical problems
- Visualizes and anticipates new problems and offers creative solution and problem solving process
- Reliability and punctuality in daily work schedule with coordination of coverage when away from unit
Maintains CEUs and attends pertinent educational offerings to maintain a high level of clinical expertise REPORTING
Oncology/Infusion nurse reports to the Nurse DirectorQualifications
Current MA Licensure as a Nurse
BSN - Graduate of an accredited nursing program
OCN Certification desirable
Experience in Ambulatory/Outpatient Nursing strongly preferred
3-5 years knowledge and experience in Medical Oncology NursingEEO Statement
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