DEFINITION:

Coordinates total nursing care for patients by assessment, nursing diagnosis, and patient care. Provides leadership by working cooperatively with ancillary nursing and other patient team personnel in maintaining standards for professional nursing practice in the clinical setting and participates in patient and family teaching. Patients cared for are receiving external beam radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The job will involve inpatient and outpatient services ranging from adolescent to geriatric age groups.

EDUCATION:
  • Must be a graduate from an accredited program of professional nursing.
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS (IF APPLICABLE):
  • Current Oklahoma license for Registered Nurse
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Registered Nurse (R.N.)
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

2 years of nursing experience, experience in Radiation Oncology nursing is preferred.  

PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Participates and implements age specific care and interaction.
  • Employee has attended departmental orientation (training) and annual inservice education for age specific training and implements in work area what was learned in age specific training.
  • Acts as liaison between physician and patient.
  • Should be available to assist patients with general questions about skin care, diet, fatigue, and treatment side effects as well as clarify any instructions given by the physician.
  • Completes a Nursing Assessment.
  • Documents an initial nursing assessment along with periodic reassessments as a patient advances through the scheduled course of Radiation Therapy.  Changes in condition will be documented in a complete, clear and concise manner along with being reported to the Radiation Oncologist.
  • Ability to triage Radiation referrals.
  • Monitor and follow-up possible side-effects, lab and vital signs with awareness of possible or probable side effects and needed intervention.
  • Utilizes accurate documentation which includes signature and title, up-to-date charting, and approved abbreviations.
  • Must be able to enter all pertinent patient history, vital signs, and updates into the Mosaiq computer system in order to keep the patient electronic medical record current.
  •  Assist with the Performance Improvement Program.
  • Provides input and assists in evaluating care rendering.
  • Identifies, monitors indicators and appropriate criteria.
  • Assists in follow-up and activities to correct non-compliance.  
  • Implements Radiation Oncologist’s orders.
  •  Effectively implements the Radiation Oncologist’s orders or consults with them on unfamiliar or questionable orders (allowing no misunderstanding or assumptions).
  • Assist the Radiation Oncologist with special procedures.
  • Demonstrates competence in assisting the Radiation Oncologist with special procedures that are performed in the assigned clinical area.
  • Explains procedures and treatment ordered to gain patients cooperation, allay apprehension, and promote compliance.
  • Provide direct patient care.
  • Consistently demonstrates an ability to effectively utilize the prescribed nursing process when providing direct patient care.
  • Implements nursing process in order to provide quality care based on assessed patient needs for identified age groups of assigned unit.
  • Identifies Home Health care needs or options for alternative placement and support resources; initiates procedure for referral to discharge planner or social worker in accordance with established hospital policies.
  • Maintains the dignity and confidentiality of the patient at all times.
  • Provides patient safety through patient education.
  • Reviews patient and family knowledge of disease, illness, and readiness to accept and learn about disease process, its implications and the care required for the patient at home.
  • Work schedule is met and is on time; advance notice for absence or tardiness.
  • Demonstrates understanding of emergency procedures.
  • Fire drills, evacuation procedures, and internal/external disaster plans are performed appropriately in a drill or crisis situation.
  • Responds to critical situations involving patients, staff, and visitors in a professional manner; provides effective communication of these instances to appropriate personnel.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Infection Control and Universal Precautions.
  • Follows policies and procedures as outlined in Infection Control, Nursing and hospital manuals.
  • Receives education and training in OSHA standards and adheres to all related policies and procedures.
  • Maintains education and skills.
  • Attends all mandatory annual in-services.
  • Keeps updated regarding departmental changes through attendance at departmental meetings and careful review of posted material.
  • Assesses personal learning and development needs, makes plans to meet identified needs with assistance of resource persons.
  • Functions within the legal boundaries established by the Oklahoma Nurse Practice law.
  • Strives for excellence in patient care; demonstrates responsibility and accountability for personal conduct while on duty.
  • Accountable for all actions taken and decision made during scheduled shift.
  • Seeks assistance as necessary in solving clinical and management problems by following appropriate lines of communication.
  • Recognizes and responds to the fact that ethical dilemmas exist in nursing practice; confers with appropriate resource personnel with making ethical nursing decisions.
  • Perceives potential problems, situations, and intervenes to offset adverse impact, demonstrates a proactive attitude.  Demonstrates an ability to independently solve problems in a creative and effective manner.
  • Assists with orientation of new staff members.
  • Encourages proper dress code, good grooming, speech, and personal hygiene.
SPECIFIC UNIT/AREA RESPONSIBILITIES:
WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Physician office setting; Exposure to Radiation producing equipment.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

HAND AND ARM USE:

  • Must be able to utilize hands to write, use computer keyboard, and to operate any and all pieces of treatment equipment.

LIFTING AND CARRYING:

  • Must be able to assist 200-pound patients onto and off the examination couch in the patient exam rooms.

PUSHING AND PULLING:

  • Must be able to push 200-pound patient in wheelchair.

STANDING/WALKING/SITTING/CLIMBING:

  • Must be able to stand approximately 5 hours per day.
  • Must be able to walk throughout the entire hospital including to patient rooms and other departments.
  • Must be able to sit periods of time in excess of 2 hours.
  • Must be able to climb four flights of stairs.

SENSE OF TOUCH:

  • Must be able to detect if equipment is giving off excessive heat.

HEARING/SPEAKING:

  • Must be able to hear alarms, conversations, ringing telephones and overhead speakers.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally in a clear manner.

VISION:

  • Must be able to use vision to read handwriting, monitoring patients and directional signs throughout the building.
MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

MATHEMATICS:

  • Must be able to perform calculation functions.

MEMORY:

  • Must be able to remember general and specific instructions and job requirements.
LANGUAGE ABILITY:

READING:

  • Must be able to read and relay medical information.

WRITING:

  • Must be able to note and document in patient’s treatment and medical charts and take care of department correspondence.

SPEAKING:

  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with physicians and staff members.

REASONING:

  • Perceives potential problems, situations and intervenes to offset adverse impact.
  • Demonstrates a proactive attitude and the ability to independently solve problems in a creative and effective manner.

Lawton

104 NW 31st Street Lawton, Oklahoma 73505

Phone:

580.536.2121

Toll Free:

1.877.231.4440

Fax:

580.536.2150

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