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CHEMO Registered Nurse

JOB SUMMARY:
A Chemotherapy Nurse coordinates delivery of patient care and performs professional nursing duties related to the treatment and medical care of oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Prepares patients and administers specialized treatment as directed by medical staff and in accordance with established procedures and applicable regulatory requirements.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collects and reviews comprehensive data pertinent to the patient's health and history to determine suitability for specialized protocols related to diagnosis and the patient's status
Administers medications safely as prescribed by the medical clinicians and in accordance with standards of care and regulatory requirements
Monitors patients as they receive chemotherapy treatments and reports and resolves any difficulties or adverse reactions
Interviews patients to perform primary and secondary patient assessments and maintains documentation in the medical record in accordance with established procedures
Documents changes and omissions of the identified treatment plan in the Medical Record.
Communicates patient information in a timely manner and prepares and submits updated reports to other departments and clinicians as necessary in the course of treatment.
Performs all aspects of IV therapy, i.e., hydration, chemotherapy/biotherapy and blood products in accordance with established patient safety and professional nursing procedures
Identifies expected outcomes and possible interventions for an individualized plan of care and communicates same to patients, family and other multidisciplinary team members including providing information on cancer, cancer treatments and protocols and side effects of such treatment
Acts as liaison with specialized departments such as Laboratories to ensure timely receipt of lab results and prepared medications
Implements infection control processes in order to reduce transmission of infection and reports data related to surveillance and prevention of infection in accordance with established procedures and regulatory requirements
Maintains proficiency in specialized competencies through required in-service and ongoing educational programs.
QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:
Experience: 2 years professional nursing experience in a Medical/Surgical/Acute care setting preferred
Education: Graduation from a recognized school of Nursing with RN Degree; BSN preferred
Licenses / Certifications: Current Registered Nurse license and registration in New York State required.
ONS Chemotherapy /Biotherapy Certification required within 1 year of employment
Other: Ability to handle coming in contact with human blood and other potentially infectious bodily fluids in compliance with regulatory procedures and protections
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