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Catholic Health Initiatives RN, Oncology in BARDSTOWN, Kentucky

RN, Oncology


Requisition #: 2020-R0281311

Post Date: Mar 26, 2020

Full Time, 1st Shift, Flaget Memorial Hospital

Job Summary / Job Purpose

Under the direction of the department manager, the oncology nurse provides comprehensive cancer care to patients through the continuum of cancer care providing holistic care, education, interpretation, emotional support, for oncology patients and their care givers.

Essential Job Functions

  • Displays knowledge and complies with the National Patient Safety Goals.Performs duties in a cost –effective manner, participates in performance improvement activities:Quality improvement and patient safety activities, assists in maintaining compliance with JACHO accreditation and other internal and external regulatory standards including code of conduct.

  • Implements an age appropriate plan of care in conjunction with the health care team per Scope of Service.Performs other duties, within the realm of competency and scope of practice, as assigned.

  • Attends all CHI Saint Joseph Health required educational programs as well as all required educational modules.

  • Performs nursing assessment and lab evaluation on all treatment and/or clinic patients.Elicits pertinent information concerning treatment and any treatment related side effects.Makes appropriate recommendations based on oncology knowledge, policies and procedures, physician-directed protocols, individual and family preferences and communication with interdisciplinary team.Obtains orders as required and documents patient assessment, recommendations made and patient teaching in the chart.

  • Reviews patient labs to determine if values are within accepted parameters for treatment.The RN calculates ANC, follows established policies and procedures, advises patients of necessary precautions and reschedules lab/treatment per physician-directed protocols.

  • Possesses and in-depth knowledge of oncology, chemotherapy and biotherapy treatment regimens, medications used to care for these complex patients.Knows the uses, standard dose, high does, functions, side-effects and management/administration requirements of chemotherapy and biotherapy regimens.

  • Administers chemotherapy and biological agents proficiently according to established policies and procedures, ONS, INS, OSHA and NIOSH guidelines.

  • Recalculates BSA, AUC and all drug doses accurately.Monitors patients for any adverse reactions.

  • Demonstrates proficiency with patient care, including specialty oncology procedures, i.e., therapeutic phlebotomy, hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylaxis, oncology emergencies, procedures and neutropenic patients.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in establishing and maintaining venous access peripheral IV, mediports, power ports, dual ports, Hickman, quad ports and other central lines.

  • The Clinician oversees the flow of the clinic and/or treatment areas to ensure all patients are seen in a timely fashion, patient issues/concerns are addressed and follow-up treatments are scheduled.The Clinician is also responsible for charging correctly for all treatments rendered.

  • Collaborates with inpatient providers and staff in the care of admitted oncology patients.Rounds in the hospital with the oncologist, assists in managing the care and discharge of oncology patients in the hospital.

  • Provides comprehensive education and educational materials for patients and families that is site specific for their treatment.Adjusts teaching style to what is most appropriate for the educational and learning limitations of the patient/family.Documents all education in patient chart.Provides additional emotional support for the patient and family throughout the treatment process, with particular attention to the special problems and needs of the extremely ill Oncology patient.Counsels and cares for patients through the life-span under emotionally charged circumstances requiring a high level of nursing expertise, both clinical and psychological.

  • Performs duties in an autonomous manner based on knowledge, established policies and procedures, standards of care and physician-directed protocols.Works with minimal supervision and exercises initiative and independent judgment in dealing with complex patient care and other issues.

  • Collaborates with physicians, providers and other members of the cancer care team to facilitate patient care and continuity of care.

  • Participates in assigned committees, JCAHO preparation, COC certification process, and Quality Improvement initiatives i.e., chart audits, hand washing audits, callbacks to the patient and rescheduling no-shows as assigned by supervisor.Provides competent care based on knowledge of nursing research, evidence-based practice and performance improvement.

  • Participates in own professional growth as demonstrated by the following; maintains professional certification in Oncology, attends and participates in local medical oncology educational conferences and disseminates this information to peers, strives to learn new skills, cross trains to all areas of the treatment area, participates in health-related community and cancer center projects.

  • Successfully completes annual RN skills and Oncology RN skills validations.Completes initial ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Course and maintains current card.Attains and maintains Oncology Certification.

Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements / Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing preferred, Associates of Science in Nursing required.

  • Must have a current RN license to practice in the state of Kentucky.

  • OCN Certification preferred upon hire, but required within 2 years of hire or when eligible.

  • Chemotherapy-biotherapy certified preferred, required within 2 months of hire date and maintained.

Experience (required and preferred):

  • A minimum of five years of experience in inpatient or outpatient oncology, surgical services or related experience preferred.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 2020-R0281311

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Shift: Day Job

  • Market: CHI Saint Joseph Health

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