The RN Infusion reports to a clinical manager and oversees and directs the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and oncologic diagnoses. This includes surgical and medical patients in the outpatient department. The Infusion RN oversees and directs the care provided by assistive personnel, maintaining final accountability for the care given to assigned patients.
The ideal candidate will have effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with members of the multidisciplinary team. Ability to cope with changing priorities and schedules. Ability to lead a team and to delegate effectively. Competency in coordinating care for oncology patients with other interdisciplinary staff. Proficiency in clinical management of complex patients. Establishment of professional network within the institution as well as externally. Flexibility and multitasking skills. Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients within specific age groups, human development stages, and cultural groups. Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to patients in the clinical setting per scope of practice. Knowledge of chronic illness and comorbidity management. Current knowledge of the latest trends, skills, procedures, and protocols in hematology/oncology and internal medicine practice. Strong ability to use data and computer systems and electronic health records in support of patient care delivery. Strong judgment and critical analytic skills. Understanding of the latest evidence-based oncology, immunology, pharmacology, community health, and cultural sensitivity information.
Administers medications, chemotherapy agents, biotherapy agents, analgesics, and hematopoietic growth factors to oncology patients following age-specific guidelines and standards.
Demonstrates competency in the performance of simple and complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as venipuncture, administration of IV fluids, care of vascular access devices, and DE clotting of lines.
Develops a plan of care based on biophysical, psychosocial, and other clinical goals and outcomes for patients with cancer.
Documents the education experience for patients and families, including the need to reinforce information on subsequent visits.
Follows standard policies and procedures to carry out medical orders according to administration procedures for chemotherapy agents, biotherapy agents, analgesics, hematopoietic growth factors, immunosuppressive agents, and antiemetic therapy while following regulations and policies for safe handling and patient protection.
Interprets and follows physician or nurse practitioner orders.
Monitors, analyzes, and communicates laboratory data, imaging, and other tests for determination of change in patients' status.
Performs assessment of patients in the areas of biophysical needs, psychosocial needs, performance status score, self-care needs, educational needs, spiritual and emotional needs, and discharge or transfer needs.
Provides instructions and directions to patients and families on tests and chemotherapy side effects.
Provides patient and family education and serves as an educator for nursing and other staff.
Reviews patients' medications, distress assessment, and vital signs including pain on each visit to the clinic and plans nursing interventions.
Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:
Graduate of an accredited RN program
Illinois RN Licensure
Two years of oncology experience
Experience in acute care and with specific patient populations and disease sites
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SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital–Mt. Vernon, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 134-bed hospital with the only open heart surgery program in the region. In 2015, the hospital launched a new pediatric emergency and NICU telemedicine program in conjunction with the physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. For three consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Patient Safety Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Citation of Merit Award for Outstanding Patient Care.
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