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SCCA Medical Oncology and SCCA Radiation Oncology at UW Medical Center - Northwest serves adults who need outpatient oncology and hematology treatment in the community setting. Every day, top UW Medicine cancer specialists deliver SCCA's targeted, breakthrough therapies in the medical center's warm, caring environment. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance every patient, every life matters. Our dedicated nurses are a driving force making SCCA a global leader in the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Our nurses rank among leading experts in oncology. Our nurses provide exceptional patient and family-centered care as they coordinate and assist in individualized treatment. They integrate care with support for the research and development of innovative therapies. Embarking with each patient on a journey through cancer treatment and survival, our compassionate nurses walk hand-in-hand with courage and hope with each individual to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.
This position is directly responsible for providing longitudinal comprehensive care to oncology and hematology patients. It has primary responsibility for the coordination of care, patient and caregiver education, plan of care formulation and documentation, and nursing management of patients receiving care in the medical oncology clinic. This care management includes patient assessment, symptom management, and coordination of administration of parenteral fluids, chemotherapy agents, biologic therapy, and supportive care medications.
Provides longitudinal comprehensive nursing care to oncology/hematology patients. Has primary nursing responsibility for the coordination of the care and monitoring the status of a specific population of patients. Has responsibility for the education of patients and family. Acts as primary point of contact for patients, working collaboratively with their physicians.
Demonstrate a high level of understanding of oncology illnesses and treatment modalities
Demonstrate the ability to assess baseline physical, emotional and social needs
Demonstrates ability to assess patients adaptation to illness on an ongoing basis
Demonstrates ability to conduct patient triage and assessment via the telephone and in person
Ability to develop a plan of care to respond to patient symptoms and reactions resulting from the disease or the treatment
Monitors patient response to therapies, including lab values and symptom assessment, in collaboration with the medical, nutrition and pharmacy staff
Uses effective problem solving skills in complex situations
Demonstrates capability to multitask with accuracy and deal effectively with unpredictable situations
Documents initial assessment accurately per assessment policy
Documents ongoing assessment accurately and per assessment policy
Documents patient education per policy
Documents all medications and treatments administered
Perform projects specific to department and other duties as assigned
Provides initial education and clinic orientation.
Participate in chemotherapy teaching with patients and caregivers
Participates in patient education regarding medications and therapies including home infusions
Participates in patient education regarding procedures including bone marrow aspirations and ommaya taps/intrathecal chemotherapy
Participates in patient education regarding symptom management
Maintains a working knowledge of current protocols related to the patient population with whom they work. Knows research resources and how to access.
Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills
Participates in committees and task forces to review and improve current standards
Able to collaborate effectively with physician to provide comprehensive care planning for their specific patient populations
Serves as resource in their area of expertise for other staff
Demonstrates ability to work in a team situation
Current Washington State nursing license.
Current BLS AHA Health Provider Card (or equivalent course, such as by the American Red Cross) and renewal required every two years
Additional certification may be required dependent upon department.
Critical thinking; the ability to practice the cognitive skills of analyzing, applying standards, discriminating, information seeking, logical reasoning, predicting, and transforming knowledge
Ability to develop clinical judgment.
Time Management skills; the ability to organize and manage time and tasks independently
Ability to communicate effectively by looking and listening for cues, asking open-ended questions, exploring cues, using pauses, screening responses, and clarifying response.
Ability to effectively listen by using reflecting, acknowledging, summarizing, empathizing, and paraphrasing skill.
Ability to effectively provide information by checking what information the person knows already, giving small amounts of information at a time, using clear terms and avoiding jargon, avoiding detail unless it is requested, checking for understanding, and pausing and waiting for a response.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Two years of nursing experience
Outpatient Oncology experience
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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.