The Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center was designed to meet the needs of today’s cancer patients and their loved ones. In fact, many of the amenities – from the soothing artwork in the ceilings of treatment rooms to the Saratoga Hospital Guild Circle of Care Resource Center – are the result of input from cancer survivors, their friends and family members, and others whose lives have been touched by this disease.
The Hospital expects to break ground Spring 2018 on a $6 million addition to the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center (ROC). The project will add a second linear accelerator (LINAC) to help meet the needs of a cancer program that now serves twice as many patients as in 2005. A true-beam accelerator, the state-of-the-art LINAC will enable the Hospital to provide advanced precision therapy for some rarer cancers.
Equally important, having two LINACs will ensure that patients have access to radiation therapy even when one machine is out of service for updates or testing. The project has been approved by the City of Saratoga Springs Planning board and Design Review Commission. The state Department of Health has also give the okay, contingent on approval of the final project drawings. Once work begins, construction is expected to take six months.
Summary of Position
Organizes the coordination and delivery of nursing care to the radiation oncology patient. Accountable for providing total comprehensive patient care, does so through the assessment of the individualized patient's physiological and psychological symptoms. 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. Participates in patient teaching and radiation oncology quality improvement initiatives.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Radiation Therapy Treatment: Possesses knowledge regarding radiation treatment protocols/ regimens, goals of treatment and potential side effects to treatment. Assesses patient throughout the administration of treatment, and manages symptoms.
Patient Assessment: Incorporates appropriate assessment and intervention skills that are age specific in all interactions and delivery of nursing care. Assesses patient's physical/psycho-social status. Analyzes relevant data. Integrates assessment results in care planning, goals and outcomes. Provides for therapeutic interventions based on the continued assessment, prescribed orders and input from other care providers. Provides for adequate pain management, manages IV therapy and administers medications according to critical elements. During patient visit, assesses patient, reviews medication and symptom lists, obtains vital signs, height and weight. Assesses patients and families understanding of treatment and symptom management.
Communication: Communicates with patients, colleagues, providers, and management in an accurate, considerate, and timely manner. Applies patient specific communication skills in interactions that are culturally sensitive and appropriate to age. Language barriers and sensory and cognitive deficit are accommodated. Provides inter/intra departmental and provider report that is pertinent, concise using SBAR. Documents in a complete, timely, concise manner. Triages calls from patients, family members, caregivers 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, caregivers and community health providers.
Employs Critical Thinking skills to achieve outcomes and solve problems. Practices within limits of experience/capability. Collects and integrates data from multi sources, seeks assistance/information appropriately. Analyses data critically in order to support clinical decision making. Displays an ability to solve problems, think reason and learn utilizing evidenced based practice.
Patient Care: Relationship Based Care is fostered with patients, their families and co-workers to create a caring and healing environment where patients and their loved ones are the center of caring processes. Initiates non-task related introduction, converses at eye level when able, uses touch as appropriate, keeps patients and their support network informed, involves patients/support network in decision making, anticipate needs, responds to concerns in a timely manner. Protects patient autonomy, dignity and rights. Collaborates with the provider to formulate and implement a plan of care for treatment, symptom management, palliative care and hospice care. Collaborates with outside agencies as needed. Advocates for patients including obtaining advanced directives when applicable.
Patient Education: Participates in developing patient education material for treatment specific protocols and symptom management. Reviews patient educational materials with patients and their support network. Prepares a patient /caregivers for prescribed treatment/procedure/discharge. Provides patients with appropriate teaching materials, resource booklets, and prescriptions. Incorporates teaching in delivery of care to promote health and prevent disease. Provides counseling for health behaviors Provides information to patient/caregivers with consideration for individual needs. Assess for barriers to learning and motivation. Teaches patient/caregivers to safely take and monitor effects of medications. Consults multi-disciplinary team as appropriate to enhance patient/caregivers education.
Leadership skills consistent with role and experience: Delegates and/or assigns care that is consistent with role, scope of practice, and abilities of recipient. Provides feedback pertinent to the situation that is positive and/or provides co-workers educational opportunities. Co-ordinates care within the multi-disciplinary team. Manages conflict in capable, effective manner. Actively participates and promotes professional practice by participating on committees, councils, policy development, unit/hospital projects or professional organizations.
Documentation: Ensures all documentation is accurate and in compliance with institutional standards.
Additional Duties: Performs additional duties as assigned by the ROC medical directors, clinical nurse coordinator and program director to achieve departmental and organizational goals
Required Skills, Abilities and Attributes
Ability to organize and establish day-to-day priorities while utilizing critical thinking skills in all aspects of the job.
Must be able to multitask while remaining professional, focused, composed and positive.
Excellent customer service skills and must display integrity, friendliness and compassion.
Must be able to establish an appropriate and effective rapport with patients, co-workers and medical staff.
Must be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate written and oral communication skills.
Ability to give, take and follow direction in a positive and appropriate manner.
Must be flexible to take initiative and embrace new opportunities to grow both personally and organizationally.
Must be efficient and effective in the use of resources.
Basic computer skills.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing, and currently licensed to practice in New York State. BSN and Oncology Nurse Certification (OCN) preferred. At least three years of oncology nursing experience