Oncology RN - HOSP Oncology
Gunnison Valley Hospital
- CPR or BLS (Basic Life Support)
- RN License
- 1 year of experience required
Caring for those with cancer and chronic diseases is very rewarding and is also a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding job. The Oncology nurse will treat and care for several patients every day and must keep track of and document numerous details throughout the day. Impeccable attention to detail with an ability to think clearly in high stress situations while maintaining a sense of calm is critical when managing several infusions at once. A clinically competent Registered Nurse (RN) will provide care to the chronic and acutely ill patient through the nursing process of assessment, diagnosis, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Professional nursing staff are expected to attain knowledge and competency that reflects current nursing practice following professional practice standards and guidelines, relevant statutes, rules, and regulations. Nurses function collaboratively with patients, families, physicians and others in the conduct of nursing practice and are able to integrate ethical provision in all areas of practice. Nurses consider factors related to safety, effectiveness, cost, and impact on practice in the planning and delivery of nursing services at Gunnison Valley Hospital.
Education: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing.
Experience: One (1) year previous acute care experience preferred. An Oncology nurse will have cancer-specific knowledge base and clinical skills in cancer care beyond what is acquired in basic nursing. All RNs are expected to maintain proficiency in the care of Oncology patients.
Licenses/Certification: R.N. licensed in the State of Colorado. Oncology: Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course and maintained thereafter, OCN within 2 years of hire, Current BLS Certification, ACLS within first year and maintained thereafter.
· Perform nursing assessment prior to each infusion, review and interpret relevant lab results, pain assessment, emotional status and other relevant symptoms.
· Assure the safety of patients by following all procedures related to verification of orders and products when administering chemotherapy, biotherapy, blood products and other medications.
· Assist patients and their family in understanding their disease, treatment plan and possible side effects. Translate complex medical terminology and answer questions with compassion and understanding.
· Communicate patient symptoms to the appropriate physician in a clear and concise manner.
· Document all patient care accurately and in a timely fashion.
· Track laboratory, pathology and imaging studies.
· Request referral to STAR program as determined by STAR screening.
· Demonstrate an awareness of the hazardous nature of many of the agents administered and uses appropriate handling precautions.
· Follow procedures regarding safe disposal of chemotherapy and blood products.
· Projects a professional manner and image and complies with departmental dress code.
· Orients, mentors, and evaluates new and current employees as appropriate.
· Accountable for keeping current with hospital policies and procedure changes as evidenced by reading and signing off posted policies.
· Demonstrates development of leadership skills.
· Assists in the orientation and evaluation of students in academic affiliations.
· Completes mandatory inservices.
· Attends all unit staff meetings or signs off that meeting notes were read within one(1) month.
· Maintains attendance and punctuality
· Apprises unit Director of unit/patient care issues for appropriate follow up.
· Maintains patient confidentiality.
· Supports Nursing Department/Facility initiatives as evidenced by feedback and compliant behavior.
· Demonstrates ability to present ideas and information in a concise, effective and interpersonally appropriate manner through written and oral forms.
· Demonstrates the ability to take responsibility and ownership for the outcome of all actions and decisions with particular emphasis on customer satisfaction and fiscal performance.
· Does not let personal conflicts interfere with work performance.
· Wears identification badge while on duty 100% of the time according to hospital policy.
· Collaborates with all members of the health care team to plan, implement, and evaluate patient's status and treatment plan.
· Reports abnormal findings to the appropriate personnel in a timely manner.
· Performs focused patient assessment from admission through discharge paying constant attention to patient safety.
· Utilizes time management strategies to complete patient care assignments within shift.
· Follows chain of command and directs problems to the appropriate person.
· Participates in drills and emergency response training
· May be called in for GVH disaster response.
· Other duties as assigned.