Nurse, RN - Outpatient Pediatric Chemotherapy
Category: Nursing, Pediatrics
Job Requisition: 1608
Department: Ambulatory - Pediatric Chemotherapy
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours per Week: 36.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
The professional nurse is responsible for providing comprehensive care in an ambulatory setting for patients in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Responsibilities include assessment of physical and psychosocial needs, patient education and the administration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and blood products, along with other infusion therapies. The nurse evaluates the patient’s response to interventions and implements appropriate changes and also assists in symptom management, coordination of internal and external resources, triaging unexpected patient visits, and facilitating communication between all members of the healthcare team. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: ADN required; BSN preferred.
LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. licensure as a Registered Nurse. APON Oncology certification preferred. Chemotherapy certification required within 3 months of hire.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five years of experience in pediatric care; pediatric oncology background a plus. Ambulatory care experience preferred.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Excellent phlebotomy skills. Experience with electronic medical record documentation.
Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs initial and ongoing assessment of a designated patient population’s physical, psychosocial and educational needs. Identifies goals and evaluates the patient’s response to interventions.
Provides the patient and family/significant other with information (oral, written or audio-visual) regarding diagnosis treatment, potential side effects, symptom management, and resources available within and outside MGUH. This may be face-to-face or via telephone.
Administers chemotherapy, immunotherapy and blood products according to policy and procedure. Obtains blood samples from central venous access devices according to policy and procedure.
Provides psychosocial support to patient/family/significant other throughout their care experience. The nurse identifies and coordinates resources for the patient, i.e., counseling services, support groups, etc.
Supports biomedical research at the Lombardi Cancer Research Center through specimen collection, patient education and continuous review of current research and new technologies.
Contributes to his/her own professional growth and development through attendance at national and/or regional conferences, reading and sharing current literature, and identifying knowledge or skill needs.
Triages patients who "walk in" to the outpatient department. Identifies and prioritizes needs, initiates appropriate treatment(s) and communicates with the clinical fellow, attending physician and, if applicable, nurse practitioner/physician assistant.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.
A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.
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