The Clinical Nurse provides and coordinates all clinical aspects of care for patients receiving proton radiation therapy, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team to achieve predetermined quality outcomes. The Clinical Nurse will be expected to perform clinical research tasks that are interrelated to the daily function of the clinic. It will be the responsibility of the Clinical Nurse to assure all federal regulations regarding research are followed and work in collaboration with the ProCure research department.
Educates patients in the proton therapy clinics; responds to consultations made by physicians.
Performs patient histories and physical examinations under physician supervision; evaluates results and monitors treatment plans; maintains medical records
Works collaboratively within the multidisciplinary care team (Radiation oncologists, anesthesiologists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, physicists, concierge) to provide patient care
Effectively manages side effects for all patients undergoing proton treatments
Cross covers in the anesthesia area as needed (including anesthesia prep and recovery)
Assures infection prevention practices are adhered to
Ensures all RN electronic medical documentation is compliant with center policies and proceduresOversees patient schedules, appointments, and procedures
Participates in educational in-services and seminars for health care providers at the ProCure Proton Therapy Center as well as the surrounding area; maintains current certification through continuing education.
Accountable for the management of patient care in assigned service(s).
Utilizes critical thinking skills to recognize and solve patient problems.
Identifies the age specific growth and developmental needs of the patients, and utilizes the nursing process and nursing standards to prevent or manage actual/potential problems in the assigned service of the Proton Therapy Clinic.
Identifies patient /family nursing needs and assures that they are met.
Inputs, retrieves, and interprets data from multiple manual and computer information systems.
Maintains patients rights and demonstrates respect for persons of all ages and diverse cultures.
Utilizes organizational skills to assure continuity of care in collaboration with other disciplines through appropriate planning, education, and coordination of other services.
Collaborates with the medical staff to facilitate and optimize patient care.
Acts on behalf of the patients and family to ensure care that is safe and appropriate with consideration for values, diversity, and human rights.
Participates in nursing and medical research and facilitates transfer of new knowledge to patient care.
WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
One year of experience in patient care required
Two years of radiation oncology experience preferred
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of medical procedures, terminology, and equipment
Patient assessment skills
Ability to apply good clinical judgment
Ability to plan work, establish priorities, and remain flexible
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Knowledge of general nursing principles and practices.
Knowledge of scientific principles and specialized techniques used in the practice of nursing.
Knowledge of medications and treatments.
Knowledge of current literature in the field of nursing and hospital administration.
Ability to assess the effectiveness of nursing care.
Ability to maintain records, prepares reports, and composes correspondence.
Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, subordinates, superiors, partner hospitals/medical practices, the general public, representatives of public and private organizations and others sufficient to exchange or convey information.
Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
Interpersonal Communication Skills
Graduate of an approved RN program, with bachelors degree in nursing preferred
New Jersey RN licensure required
Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) preferred
Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Certification in Oncology Nursing Society (OCN) within required 1 year after hire