Regular Full Time
Monday - Friday
Responsibilities / Essential Functions:
***This position is not open to outside services***
Provides patients with safe, quality care throughout their treatment and disease process as effectively as possible at all stages of, diagnosis to end of life. Helps patients manage and live with diagnosis, retaining autonomy and independence by using the most appropriate disease/ symptom/psychosocial management techniques.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Coordinates and performs direct patient care, collaborating with other care providers and team members
- Reviews/updates/verifies all patient required data is present and available prior to and during each visit.
- Collaborates with physician/provider to assess/treat symptoms related to disease, treatment, disease progression as well as acute illnesses.
- Performs telephone triage utilizing critical assessment skills to assess and evaluate patient concerns/needs
- Starts peripheral IVs, manages central venous access devices including accessing and deaccessing implanted ports
- Mixes and or administers chemotherapy and other drugs according to Tennessee Oncology (TO) standards after training and competency validation
- Administers and documents administration of chemo/bio/targeted therapy and or research study drugs (if applicable to clinic location) according to TO practice standards
- Follows all policies, procedures, standards related to use of drug cabinet including drug verification, drug administration, documentation and billing• Documents charges for services performed and medications administered.
- Ensures timely collection of all ordered laboratory specimens
- Monitors PT/INR results and works with provider to manage anticoagulation /Coumadin therapy.
- Manages prescription / refill extension requests per TO policy, procedure, standards
- Assists with provider performed procedures (i.e. bone marrow biopsies and skin punch biopsies)
- Coordinates provision of supportive care with appropriate hospital staff (i.e. blood product transfusions)
- Conducts patient education and documents patient readiness to learn and understanding of teaching and or information provided during informed consent process
- Completes forms and other necessary paperwork for patient assistance, patient employment, insurance (i.e. FMLA, short and long term disability, etc.).
- Screens patients routinely for needs and or distress and provides appropriate counseling, interventions, and makes referrals to appropriate community /support services
- Uses an empathetic and caring approach with patients at all times
- Demonstrates ability to effectively navigate within the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
- Documents patient information and services performed in the EMR
- Completes required daily/weekly/monthly drug /sample drug inventory counts, supply requests, waste documentation, audits, billing entries, etc.
- Informs Clinic / Operations Manager of clinic needs and concerns relating to the work environment.
- Supervises LPN’s, CNA’s and MA’s.
- Stocks & manages inventory and supplies.
- Generates and reviews daily clinical reports for completion and accuracy.
- Adheres to practice standards and Policy and Procedures.
- Travels to other TO clinics as needed
- Participates on committees and focus groups as requested.
- Assumes responsibility for personal and professional growth.
- Completes, on time, required /assigned training, continuing education, competency validations necessary to accurately & successfully perform job expectations /responsibilities
- Collaborates daily with dedicated clinic SCRI nurses, if applicable to location, to ensure adherence to research protocol as well as documentation of Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) specific paperwork required in paper chart per protocol.
• Knowledge of nursing principles and practices.
Qualifications & Requirements:
- Knowledge of oncology practices and treatments.
- Knowledge of current developments in cancer diagnosis and therapy.
- Knowledge of research practices for phases I, II and III clinical trials.
- Oncology resource to colleagues, allied health personnel and health care consumers.
- Ability to administer chemotherapy and other treatment therapies.
- Ability to empathize with patients and families and deal with grief and challenging patient interactions.
- Ability to collaborate with health care team to make personalized treatment plan for each cancer patient
- Ability to cope with death and dying.
• Current TN or compact state RN license
- Minimum one year RN experience. May waive with Executive Director of Nursing approval
- Current ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy card required within 6 months of hire. If less than one year of oncology experience at time of hire, within 9 months of hire.
- Current TO approved BLS provider card
- Oncology certification strongly recommended within 2 years of hire
- Experience in an outpatient facility preferred.
Physical requirements may include standing, walking, sitting, fingering or manual dexterity, repetitive finger motion, lifting or exerting force up to 50 pounds, reaching or stretching, crouching or stooping, speaking, hearing, and seeing(with correction).