BMT Coordinator - Simmons Cancer Center
Department: SCC-BMT CLINIC
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Experience and Education
Oncology Nursing Society Certification: OCN, CPHON, CBCN, or BMTCN Certification required within one year of hire.
Assists in determining resources required to provide appropriate and indicated level of care and assures availability of indicated resources prior to acceptance of patient into the program. Secures funding from National Marrow Donor Program for patients with limited financial resources to cover the cost of unrelated donor search. Accepts additional responsibilities and organizes scheduled and unscheduled time.
Provides patient counseling based on specialized and/or advanced knowledge gained through education and experience. Assists patient through the University system to facilitate patient treatment plan. For purposes of quality control, obtains blood samples from donors to ensure absence of disease, hepatitis, HIV, or other infections, and performs astute physical assessment of donor. Coordinates National Marrow Donor Program search for patients in need of an unrelated donor. Coordinates tissue typing and analysis of samples for any and all potential related donors.
Interviews appropriate and available family, friends, and medical personnel to obtain medical/social history; counsels personnel to obtain medical/social history; counsels donor family regarding donation; reviews history; determines suitability of donor by assisting transplant physician with the review of all pertinent blood work and tissue typing. Coordinates with HLA Lab regarding receipt and processing of blood samples. Ability to interpret highly specialized tissue typing reports to assist the transplant physician in selecting the best possible donor.
Develops patient calendars detailing all transplant work-up procedures. Coordinates hospital admissions and/or outpatient appointments for transplant services. Participates in routine and special patient care conferences.
Administers chemotherapy and blood products in the infusion area. Demonstrates knowledge of central line, port, and IV management. Provides nursing care to the patient undergoing complex procedures such as bone marrow biopsies or intrathecal chemotherapy. The bone marrow transplant nurse will be responsible for administering high dose chemotherapy and stem cell infusions. Determines types and methods of procurement (apheresis vs. bone marrow harvest) based on existing need and donor recipient matching as appropriate.
Interfaces with physicians, nurses, and other hospital personnel for acquisition of donor stem cells, and to provide feedback to those involved with stem cell acquisition and transplant process.
Ability to perform functions of an Oncology Certified Registered Nurse as follows: enabling operations, technical procedures, nursing process, telephone communication, advocacy, teaching, and nursing education.
Performs other duties as assigned.
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