RN - Registered Nurse Infusion - Cancer Center * Days - 40hrs/wk
Requisition #: req322
FTE status: 1
Coordinates, facilitates and oversees patient care activities and performs general nursing duties in furtherance of quality oncology patient care in collaboration with Physicians, Mid-Level Provider, and other health care professionals through effective communication, decision making and physical care. Maintains current/specialized knowledge in the field of oncology nursing and the most current treatment protocols for specific cancer types. Administers chemotherapy and other infusion therapy in accordance with ONS guidelines and federal/state regulatory requirements. Provides patient education for specific cancer type and treatment protocol. Responsibilities are performed utilizing standard nursing processes of assessment, planning, decision-making, intervention, implementation and evaluation. Directs MAs and LPNs as assigned. All responsibilities to be accomplished in compliance with Metro Health approved clinical protocols; and with federal and state regulations and requirements.
- State of Michigan Registered Nurses Licensure required
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred. If hired after 8/1/2012 you will need to pursue and complete your BSN within 5 years from your date of hire.
- Basic cardiopulmonary life support (BCLS) certification required
- Two years prior clinical experience in an outpatient oncology infusion setting
- Completion of 2 day ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy course
- OCN certification preferred or eligible for exam.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Interpersonal communications skills
- Telephone etiquette
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Computer skills
- Two years medical office experience required.
- Computer skills.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Interacts with patient independently or with Oncologist to assess and respond to patient health status.
- Collects, documents and/or reviews patient’s current health status and vital signs, medications used, reason for interaction and medical history.
- Participates in creating a plan of care for the patient including physiological, psychosocial, and environmental factors and sets priorities for nursing action in a logical sequence according to the patient’s needs.
- Implements, monitors and manages the patient care treatment plan and physician orders under physician guidance.
- Assesses, evaluates and triages the patient’s current symptoms, questions, complaints and responses to treatments in person and via the telephone.
- Answers patient questions and advises patient regarding potential solutions to problems and concerns, alternatives, comfort measures, and treatment options, determining when to consult with oncologist and ensuring accurate and timely communications are facilitated with patients, physicians, and/or other health care providers.
- Respond to urgent situations determining what interventions are needed to assist the patient consulting with the physician or MLP as indicated.
- Shares information with and refers patient to a oncologist, primary care physician, emergency room, or other health care provider as appropriate based on the assessment and in furtherance of the plan of care.
- Reviews all lab results prior to the administration of chemotherapy—reviewing abnormal lab results with the physician to determine if chemotherapy can safely be administered.
- Reviews and evaluates lab and test results, determining the significance of the results and what appropriate follow up steps are needed, including when to forward to or notify an oncologist or Oncology NP of the results, sharing results with the patient, when appropriate, and advising the patient as to the plan of care.
- Monitors treadmill or chemical stress testing including patient response to exercise and chemicals throughout the entire test period.
- Documents all patient care interactions in the EMR (including nursing interventions, patient responses to medications, treatments and other care received, and patient needs, problems, and concerns) to ensure accurate and complete medical records and to facilitate appropriate reimbursement for services rendered.
- Educates and counsels patient, patient’s family and/or significant others regarding cancer type, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, side effect management, life style modifications, and medications (including how to take, dose amounts, and potential side effects). Prepares, creates and gathers materials to facilitate education, as needed.
- Coordinates pre-procedure scheduling with hospital schedulers and provides all necessary education and preparation instructions for patient.
- Communicates with hospital based staff as needed to assure effective, efficient care to the patient pre and post hospitalization.
- Facilitates, coordinates and participates in the development of clinical policies, procedures, and forms.
- Maintains open communications and good relationships with patient’s primary care physician and other referring physicians.
- Maintains a safe working environment for self, other employees, patients, visitors and medical staff.
- Maintains the confidentiality of information pertaining to employees, patients and business operations.
- Complies with the organization’s mission, values, policies and procedures while performing duties.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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