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Radiation Oncology Nurse Specialist II, RN
Category: Nursing, Oncology
Job Requisition: 19610
Department: Imaging Services - Oncology - Radiation Therapy
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Friday
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
Provides primary nursing care to patients undergoing a course of stereotactic radiosurgery using CyberKnife. The nurse teaches and counsels patient and family; performs symptom identification and management; coordinates, schedules and monitors results of diagnostic studies; makes appropriate patient referrals; and triages patient phone calls. Responsibilities also include maintaining and cleaning emergency medical equipment and providing a clinical resource, inclusive of teaching materials, for facility, staff and patients. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. BSN required. Master's degree preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of two years of experience in oncology nursing.
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Registered Nurse license in the District of Columbia. Current Maryland license of a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Broad base of nursing knowledge and skills with an emphasis on oncology medications and treatments. Must be a mature person due to the variety of diagnoses and problems of chronically and acutely ill patients. Able to function independently and coordinate multiple aspects of the care. Must be organized, flexible, sincere, and sympathetic to patient needs.

Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Teaching and counseling patient and families regarding radiation treatments, side effects, medications, diagnostic tests, issues surrounding life changes, and necessary adaptations regarding the cancer diagnosis and treatment. Conducts initial nursing assessment on all patients, and documents and implements plan of care.
  • Provides appropriate printed information available to patients and families.
  • Makes appropriate referrals to outside agencies or professionals, such as visiting nurses, hospice, psychotherapists, support groups, American Cancer Society, etc.
  • Provides physical care of patient by dressing changes, wound care, suctioning, monitoring IVs, administering medications and instructions, weighing patients, and drawing blood from venous access devices. Assists physicians with exams, pap smears, etc. Identifies patient problems and manages patient symptoms related to illness and/or treatment.
  • Conducts telephone triage from patients regarding physical and psychological issues. Determines if physician intervention is necessary and documents results. Assists radiotherapy in following documented plan of care. Calls in prescriptions to pharmacies for patients.
  • Obtains, monitors and interprets lab data and test results for current and follow-up patients. Documents results and discusses with physician and patient.
  • Schedules necessary diagnostic testing and educates patient as to preparation and expectation of study.
  • Secures necessary reports and documents to maintain quality assurance. Attends weekly chart rounds.
  • Cleans and maintains medical equipment in accordance with OSHA guidelines. Checks emergency equipment weekly to ensure proper functioning.
  • Orders and stocks medical supplies as needed.
  • Develops patient teaching materials, regarding management of side effects of treatment, etc.
  • Maintains files for research protocols for the facility under the direction of the protocol nurse at Georgetown.
  • Provides referrals, literature and general medical information to staff.
  • Meets with pharmaceutical and medical supply representatives.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area. 

The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
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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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