RN - Oncology - Senior
Department: University Hospitals
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Experience and Education
Oncology Nursing Society Certification: OCN, CPHON, CBCN, or BMTCN required.
Prepares equipment and assists physicians during physical exams and medical procedures. Prepares patient for the physician exam. Chape rones physician visit. Prepares and administers medications as pres cribed by physician. Takes, records, and reports patient vital signs using medical equip ment; inspects equipment and facilities visually and physically to ensure patient safety and proper functioning of equipment. Obtains any specimens ordered by the physician for collection.
Documents patient care interventions and education in medical recor ds; ensures appropriate patient consents and authorizations are obt ained for research and/or medical treatment. Delivers nursing inter ventions to assigned patients that are consistent with stated medic al plan of care while observing and recording signs, symptoms, and behavior of patients in medical records. Participates in interdisci plinary rounds. Works with the multidisciplinary care team to facil itate patient quality of life throughout the cancer trajectory. Ass ist the patient and family through the end-of-life experience.
Triages patient phone inquiries according to physician and/or depar tmental protocols and documents such inquiries and results in patie nts' medical records. Demonstrates effective communication skills, physical and psychosocial assessment skills, and knowledge of how t o access pertinent health records to facilitate triage decision mak ing. Acts as the telephone triage nurse.
Participates in evaluating nursing needs of patients; assesses prob lems affecting patients; recommends policy and/or procedural change s according to nursing expertise; schedules patients' appointments, tests, and procedures via on-line computer system or telephone. Fa cilitates patient-physician communication and assists the patient t hrough the treatment process. Covers the care of patients when a nu rse who usually assists with their care is not in the clinic.
Provides patient education, procedural instructions, general health information, and reinforces physician instructions in person and t hrough telephone contact. Documents patient education in the medica l record. Recognizes when new patient education materials or techni ques are required and assists center leadership to provide those ma terials to the patients.
Administers chemotherapy and blood products in the infusion area. D emonstrates knowledge of central line, port, and IV management. Pro vides nursing care to the patient undergoing complex procedures suc h as bone marrow biopsies or intrathecal chemotherapy. The bone ma rrow transplant nurse will be responsible for administering high do se chemotherapy and stem cell infusions.
Provides patient counseling based on specialized and/or advanced kn owledge gained through education and experience. Assists patient th rough the University system to facilitate patient treatment plan.
Precepts new nursing staff to the nursing process within the clinic . Consistently assists all new staff in the clinic in order to assu re their success. Participates in nursing education opportunities.
Performs duties of Clinical Leader in the infusion area. Performs d uties of Clinical Leader in the clinic area. Trouble shoots patient complaints and involving Clinic Manger when appropriate. Assists with policy development for the Cancer Center. Attends multidisciplinary team meetings for disease site specialty .
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