The nurse will provide and coordinate infusion activities to assure compassionate patient care. Provides direct patient care in compliance with professional practice standards. The Infusion Nurse will also promote a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach toward patients, families, and all members of the care delivery team.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
- Administer chemotherapy IV fluids via peripherally inserted central catheters.
- Identifies, assesses, and diagnoses problems through patient assessment and interactions; and evaluates actual or potential patient health problems.
- Develops and participates in educating patients, their families, or significant others about post-discharge care programs.
- Initiates patient care meetings with the health care team to revise the plan of care as the patient’s condition warrants.
- Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.
- Provides guidance and direction to members of the health care team to ensure quality patient care.
- Keeps current on advances in nursing care by participating in educational programs.
- Orients and educates new staff in nursing techniques and departmental procedures.
- Provides and oversees direct patient care in accordance with the established nursing protocol and physicians’ orders.
- Utilizes knowledge of medications, procedures, infection control, and safety precaution; and initiates appropriate interventions in crisis situations.
- Participates in total quality management to positively affect patient and system outcomes to improve care.
- Documents patient care in the health care record according to standards.
- Directs and delegates care to other team members.
- Providing safe, effective, appropriate, and comprehensive infusion services to oncology patients.
- Provides education and follow-up care after patients have been released from chemotherapy.
- Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
- Medical Assistant, Licensed-Practical Nurse, or Registry Professional
- Adult teaching experience; patient advocacy
- 3+ years’ experience in clinical oncology a plus
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
- Excellent analytical skills
- Ability to recognize knowledge gaps and apply appropriate education techniques to bridge gaps
- Proficiency in communication technologies (email, cell phone, etc.)
- Highly organized, ability to multi-task, and ability to keep accurate notes and records.
- Experience with RCCA EMRs IT systems and reports preferred.
- Local knowledge of community services and resources is preferred.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, preferred.
SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS:
- Demonstrates professional, appropriate effective, and tactful communication/presentation skills, including written, verbal and nonverbal.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and respectful, professional customer service.
- Acknowledges patient’s rights on confidentiality issues maintains patient confidentiality at all times and follows HIPAA guidelines and regulations.
- Proactively acts as a patient advocate, responding with empathy and respect to resolve patient and family concerns.
- Proactively continues to educate self and improve professional skills.
- Associate’s Degree in Nursing (Bachelor’s Degree preferred) with at least one (1) year of oncology experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Current BCLS Must obtain OCN certification within one year of hire.