Registered Nurse - Oncology Certified - Infusion Clinic - Ft. Worth - Simmons Cancer Center
This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information Experience and Education
Associate's degree (BSN preferred), two (2) years oncology nursing experience, licensure as Registered Nurse by Board of Nurse Examiners for State of Texas, and a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, course accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA), are required.
Oncology Nursing Society Certification: OCN, CPHON, CBCN, or BMTCN required.
Provides working supervision to other nursing staff and/or other non-licensed medical or office support personnel. Maintains a safe and secure environment to meet patient needs. Facilitates patient scheduling for all tests and visits.
Completes billing of all nursing procedures including any infusion therapy.
Precepts new staff to the clinic processes related to operations. Directs the duties of the Medical Office Assistant and Clinic Staff Assistant to facilitate clinic operations.
Prepares equipment and assists physicians during physical exams and medical procedures. Prepares patient for the physician exam. Chaperones physician visit. Prepares and administers medications as pres cribed by physician. Takes, records, and reports patient vital sign s using medical equipment; inspects equipment and facilities visually and physically to ensure patient safety and proper functioning of equipment. Obtains any specimens ordered by the physician for collection.
Documents nursing assessment. Documents patient care interventions and education in medical records; ensures appropriate patient consents and authorizations are obtained for research and/or medical treatment. Delivers nursing interventions to assigned patients that are consistent with stated medical plan of care while observing and recording signs, symptoms, and behavior of patients in medical records. Participates in interdisciplinary rounds.
Works with the multid isciplinary care team to facilitate patient quality of life through out the cancer trajectory.
Triages patient phone inquiries according to physician and/or departmental protocols and documents such inquiries and results in patients' medical records.
Demonstrates effective communication skills, physical and psychosocial assessment skills, and knowledge of how to access pertinent health records to facilitate triage decision mak ing. Acts as the telephone triage nurse.
Participates in evaluating nursing needs of patients; assesses problems affecting patients; recommends policy and/or procedural changes according to nursing expertise; schedules patients' appointments, tests, and procedures via on-line computer system or telephone. Facilitates patient-physician communication and assists the patient through the treatment process. Covers the care of patients when a nurse who usually assists with their care is not in the clinic.
Provides patient education, procedural instructions, general health information, and reinforces physician instructions in person and through telephone contact.
Documents patient education in the medical record. Recognizes when new patient education materials or techni ques are required and assists center leadership to provide those ma terials to the patients.
Administers chemotherapy and blood products in the infusion area. Demonstrates knowledge of central line, port, and IV management. Provides nursing care to the patient undergoing complex procedures such as bone marrow biopsies or intrathecal chemotherapy. The bone marrow transplant nurse will be responsible for administering high dose chemotherapy and stem cell infusions.
Provides patient counseling based on specialized and/or advanced knowledge gained through education and experience. Assists patient through the University system to facilitate patient treatment plan.
Precepts new nursing staff to the nursing process within the clinic . Consistently assists all new staff in the clinic in order to assure their success.
Attends multidisciplinary team meetings for disease site specialty.
**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.
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