The Registered Nurse is a professional caregiver who provides primary nursing support for Oncology. Administers or assists with administration of chemotherapeutic agents and infusion products following established protocols or physician's orders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepares patients for appointments with providers or for chemotherapy by screening to determine nature of the visit, obtaining and recording pertinent physical assessment data & explaining procedures to patients.
- Assists providers with examinations by providing instruction to patients regarding preparation for laboratory & x-ray diagnostic procedures. Obtains diagnostic labs prior to chemotherapy.
- Assists providers with minor surgery and special procedures (bone narrow aspiration). Sets up treatment rooms ensuring that adequate supplies are on hand and proper instruments are available. Cleans & sterilizes instruments & cleans treatment rooms as required.
- Acts as a counselor for patient & family. Is responsible for providing medical advice & education on all facets of Oncology. Inserts IV catheters & administers IV fluids for the purpose of hydration or the patient.
- Administers chemotherapeutic agents under the direction of a physician, or according to prescribed protocols. Is knowledgeable of the actions of the chemotherapeutic agents, of the interactions with the body's systems & of the nursing interventions necessary to counteract or minimize reactions.
- Follows established Oncology protocols to maintain a clean & safe working environment. Safeguards self and others against the hazards of toxic drugs. Disposes of bio-hazardous waste according to approved protocol. Abides by federal, state & or local standards regarding drug accountability. Medication therapy under a physician's direction or medication protocol. Monitors patients during & after periods of instillation.
- Completes various forms (consultation forms) as required. Maintains accurate records & appropriate entries in patient chart (electronic &/or paper) for specific medications utilizing chemotherapy documentation forms.
- Documents treatments or observations as needed. Is responsible, in conjunction with the physician, for documenting information for investigational protocols and ensures that all appropriate investigational drug materials is understood by the patient. Maintains requested information for the Tumor Board Registry.
Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing preferred.
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing required.
Minimum Work Experience
At least 2 years of current Oncology experience with at least 1 year being in an out-patient setting preferred.
Current RN license in the State of Missouri or Compact state required.
American Heart Association BLS certification required.
OCN-Oncology Nursing Certification preferred.
Considerable mental concentration required. Lifting up to 35 lbs., turning activities and nearly constant walking required. Standing, turning, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, crouching, twisting, and reaching.
Minimal physical discomfort. Frequent exposure to communicable disease via blood and body fluids. Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, radiation, anti-neoplastic agents and hostile persons at times. Works with sharps and other potentially bio hazardous material. Ability to function under stress.