Registered Nurse - Oncology (Keezletown,VA)
Posted on Jan 14, 2019 by Augusta Health
The Augusta Health Cancer Center houses both medical and radiation outpatient clinics and a chemotherapy infusion unit. Oncology nurses play a critical role in the delivery of quality nursing care to a high-risk and complex patient population. Comprehensiveknowledge and skills regarding cancer pathophysiology, treatment options and symptom management are required elements of practice. Radiation oncology nurses are equipped with a specific subset of skills that allows them to address issues unique to radiationtreatments. Beyond managing symptoms and addressing patient education, radiation nurses proactively seek to understand their patients medical history, susceptibility to treatment issues, and potential for radiation-specific adverse events.
Communication between medical oncology and radiation is crucial. With the advent of more precise radiation techniques, patients symptoms are often not a result of the radiation treatments. However, a lack of knowledge and communication between teams canoften lead to misdiagnosing side effects and improper management. Many patients are undergoing combined modality care. This job will require training in both radiation and medical oncology.Training in radiation oncology will take an initial priority.
The center has a 13 chair outpatient cancer infusion center and an 8 chair infusion center for non-cancer patients. Nurses are cross-trained to work in both areas.
For novice oncology nurses, the first one or two years of practice are focused on gaining an in-depth education regarding the biology of cancer, treatment regimens and comprehensive symptom management. Skill in care and maintenance of venous access devicesand handling and administration of hazardous drugs must be cultivated. Guidelines for nursing competency are outlined in the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines.
Initial orientation will be in radiation oncology. In addition, novice nurses will work closely with an experienced oncology nurse and will be expected to take Duke Cancer Basics and Chemotherapy 101 and will orient with their preceptor for 3 to 4 months.Chemotherapy administration competency will be determined before the novice nurse may administer chemotherapy on their own. At the end of 12 months of orientation, the novice nurse must take and pass an ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Fundamentals course whichwill give a provider s card to administer chemotherapy.
Come join the Augusta Health team located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Fishersville, VA. Augusta Health is an independent, community hospital recognized as one of Healthgrades 50 Best Hospitals in America. Our mission is to promote the health andwell-being of our community through access to excellent care. We build trust and peace of mind through our core values of patient-and community-centeredness, professionalism, excellence, and teamwork.
. Requirements :
- Nursing requirements: Must be an RN licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia Must have a strong desire to work with a high-risk and complex patient population. Must have desire to be a member of a dynamic team of professionals devoted to the careof individuals with cancer or hematological disease/disorders. Must have solid critical thinking skills and a strong application of the nursing process. Must have effective adherence to infection control practices.
- Oncology Nurse certified preferred
- 2 years of outpatient oncology experience preferred