Registered Nurse
Saratoga Hospital - United States

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Job Summary

Organizes and administers individualized, professional patient care to patients undergoing cancer treatment. Provides nursing care as directed by the medical staff, and in accordance with the objectives, policies and procedures of the hospital and the state Nurse Practice Act. Maintains standards of nursing care as established.

Primary Job Responsibilities

These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required of the position. Primary job responsibilities constitute approximately 90% of the positions work. To be successful, individuals must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions outlined in this position description.

Chemotherapy Administration: Possesses knowledge regarding treatment protocols, goals of treatment and potential side effects to treatment. Proficient in establishing peripheral or central venous access. Adheres to established protocols to safely administer chemotherapy, hydration and supportive medications. Assesses patient throughout the administration of treatment, manages symptoms and monitors for allergic reactions. Provides proficient care to patients in a medical emergency.

Patient Assessment: During patient visit, assesses patient, reviews medication and symptom lists, obtains vital signs, height and weight. Assesses venous access. Assesses for symptoms related to the disease proves or chemotherapy. Assesses patients and families understanding of treatment and symptom management.

Communication : Triages calls from patients, family members and community health providers. Communicates information to the patient’s provider and assists in implementing a plan of care. Provides assistance to patients calling for symptom control. Provides patients with prescriptions via hard copy or escribed/telephoned to appropriate pharmacy. Communicates plan of care to patients, family and community health providers. Assist in scheduling patients who need to be seen on an emergent basis.

Patient Care: Collaborates with the provider to formulate and implement a plan of care for treatment, symptom management, palliative care and hospice care. Assists in preparing chemotherapy orders, admixture sheets and prescriptions. Collaborates with outside agencies as needed. Obtains blood and urine specimens. Maintains implantable port devices

Patient Education: Participates in developing patient education material for treatment specific protocols and symptom management. Reviews patient educational materials with patients and their families. Provides patients with appropriate teaching materials, resource booklets, prescriptions and calendar for treatment cycles.

Administrative: Prepares disability forms for the providers to review and return to the patients in a timely manner. Obtains insurance verification for chemotherapy. Obtains pre-authorization for prescriptions when required.

Documentation : Ensures all documentation is accurate and in compliance with institutional standards.

Additional Duties: Performs additional duties as assigned by the medical staff and office manager to provide an efficient and pleasant atmosphere for patients.

Education, Training & Experience Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, and currently licensed to practice in New York State. BSN preferred. At least three years nursing experience. OCN credentialed required within two years of employment. Active membership in ONS preferred. CPR certification required . CEU’s maintained as per ONC standards.

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