Under the direction of the Nurse Team Leader or Nurse Supervisor, the Infusion Nurse oversees and directs the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and oncologic diagnoses provided by assistive personnel, maintaining final accountability for the care given to assigned patients in the outpatient infusion center. The Infusion Nurse evaluates patients in need of intravenous treatment or medication and plans, implements, and documents nursing care; determines appropriate venipuncture site and administers intravenous therapeutic treatments; and provides information to patients and families regarding intravenous treatment.
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 declotting of lines.
Assesses patient and family learning needs, physical and mental abilities, and readiness to learn; reinforces chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy effects and side effects.
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; 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.
Uses the multidisciplinary team approach to implement the plan of care for patients and families; incorporates the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and discharge information into a plan of care for patients; assists with care of patients who are eligible for research protocols; assists with those who are enrolled in a clinical trial.
Mentors and serves as a preceptor for less experiences staff as needed; seeks opportunities for professional development by using the library and online resources. Participates as a member of the performance improvement team.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to adhere to safety and quality control measures, such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration, infection control, and sterilization criteria
Ability to follow all safety regulations for inpatients inclusive of risk assessment, call light management, safe use of medical devices, and position of chair and equipment
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
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
Graduate of an approved RN program; supplemented with related clinical nursing experience in oncology, critical care or acute care; Missouri RN licensure, Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider card (or ability to obtain in six months), and Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate.
Preferred: Bachelors degree in nursing; supplemented with two (2) years of related clinical nursing experience in oncology and acute care.
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