Summary of Position
The principal responsibility for the ONCOLOGY 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 Cancer Center patients at home and the timely triage of clinical issues to advanced care nurse practitioners and medical oncologists working in the outpatient setting. The primary focus of the nurse will be to provide direct patient care to oncology 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
Assists with daily telephone triage
Assist in triage of medical urgencies/emergencies to NP or MD (e.g. urgent medical problems)
Coordinates, performs, and tracks injections according to pathways (such as neulasta, aranesp, lupron etc)
Coordinates, performs, and tracks chemotherapy infusions according to ONS guidelines.
Coordinates and performs blood draws and flushes of central lines (i.e. PACs)
Coordinates and performs hydration in the practice
Assesses psychosocial needs of patients and families, communicates with social service for follow up
Assists patients with Advanced Directives
COMMUNICATION AND DOCUMENTATION
Provides ongoing patient management via telephone (prescriptions, teaching, symptom management)
Attends and participates in team meetings
Documents relevant patient information and current plan in LMR Record
Documents and reconciles patient’s medications in the LMR medication list
Collaborates with practice staff
Collaborates with NP/MD in clinical research trials
Excellent communication skills when working with peers and patients
Prioritizes promptly 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
PROFESSIONAL NURSING ACTIVITIES AND CONT EDUCATION
Maintains CEUs and attends pertinent educational offerings to maintain a high level of clinical expertise
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