The Radiation Oncology Nurse is a registered nurse who functions in a collaborative role with the Radiation Oncology Team in providing continuity and quality patient care. The nurse will assess and provide appropriate nursing interventions for the actual or potential problems that the patient may experience related to the disease process, treatment course, and follow up period. This role emphasizes teaching, counseling, and supportive functions needed to assist the patient and/or family to cope with and adjust to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The RN assists in the evaluation and examination of patients with the Radiation Oncologist. This person is the liaison between Radiation Oncology and other physician groups/offices and counseling/support groups. In this setting the Radiation Oncology Nurse will assess and provide appropriate referrals for alternative resources for recovery, rehabilitation, nursing home care, hospice and nutritional services as directed. This position reinforces and adheres to the core values of the company in order to achieve the mission and vision.
Essential Functions Statement(s):
Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in Radiation Oncology.
Assesses patient’s needs for nursing care in a multidisciplinary environment.
Collaborates with physicians, other services, patient and patient’s family to plan care and evaluate outcomes.
Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies.
Documents care according to established standards.
Accesses, inputs and retrieves information from computer systems.
Obtains a medical history from patient/family charts. Updates medical record as needed.
Provides education for patients and family members regarding diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and follow up.
Coordinates with the patient services, radiation therapy and medical physics department for continuity of patient care.
Enters verbal and standard orders and performs other appropriate actions as instructed by the physician.
Coordinates with the patient care coordinator for new patient registration and consults, scheduling of established patients and scheduling of procedures, to ensure nursing coverage is available as needed.
Assesses patients under treatment for current side effects.
Instructs patients/families how to manage side effects including skin care, nutrition, etc.
Delivers wound care and ongoing skin care assessment, teaches wound care to patient/family.
Regularly discusses patient issues and concerns with the NMCCF and Financial Counselors and enlists their support in an effort to assist the patient/family as needed.
Participates in weekly quality assurance chart review.
Promotes and models teamwork.
Applies critical thinking to all aspects of nursing role.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Education and Experience:
Associate's Degree (two year college or technical school) for RN. High School Graduate/ Graduation from an accredited school of Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursing
Two plus years related experience.
Ability to establish and maintain an effective working
relationship with patients, physicians, radiation therapists, or RTT’s and other employees.
Exposure to or knowledge of nuclear medicine therapies, x-ray, CT, and MRI procedures and services
Certificates & Licenses:
Current RN or LPN licensure in New Mexico/OCN certification preferred for RNs/CPR certification.
All licensed staff follows New Mexico guidelines governing scope of practice/Current ONS Chemotherapy Provider Card preferred for RNs
Internal Number: 28282019
About New Mexico Cancer Center
NMOHC is a private practice whose doctors have a track record of aggressively managing cancer, the side effects of the treatments and the disease so that its patients feel better and get to spend more time at home. As a result of this patient-centered focus, NMOHC is one of a handful of practices in the entire country – and the only one in New Mexico – to receive full accreditation from NCQA as an Oncology Medical Home. NMOHC received this designation because of its commitment to delivering patient-centered care that is easier to access and keeps patients happier, healthier and at home with the people they love instead of sitting in the hospital. Innovation and National Leadership: We are especially proud of having been the nation's lead practice in developing a national model for the Oncology Medical Home to provide better care at a lower cost by pathway-driven expanded outpatient care and keeping patients out of the hospital. This was made possible by the awarding of a substantial grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in 2012. NMOHC has the distinction of being the original "COME HOME" practice, working to pioneer "COME HOME" with seven other community on...cology practices across the country. "COME HOME" became the basis for the current Oncology Care Model, now being adopted by oncology practices nationwide. Wide Range of Onsite Services: Our centers offer the full range of onsite Oncology care, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, imaging, laboratory and Rheumatology services. The Albuquerque facility is pleased to also offer the convenience of a dispensing pharmacy for our patients.