MD Anderson Cancer Center Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Breast Surgical Oncology in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse position is to provide, assist and promote exceptional care of surgical breast patients in the Operating Room and Inpatient Service with direct and indirect care. Two years of first- assist experience is preferred.


Surgical first-assist, requiring above-average manual dexterity for appropriate surgical performance. The use of a scalpel, electric knife, surgical instruments, sterile technique, and compliance with operating room rules and regulations are necessary. Obtain history and physical examinations for peri-operative care of surgical breast cancer patients. Formulate an assessment and plan; order and interpret appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic tests in coordination with faculty Supervising Physician. Manage pre-operative and post-operative patients in coordination with the Faculty supervising physician. Possess an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of both cancer as well as the surgical process and wound healing as necessary. Perform minor surgical procedures which may include wound debridement, suture/staple removal, drain placement or removal, seroma evacuation, biopsies, and other procedures as delegated by the Supervising Physician. Foster and support a positive, inclusive, patient-centered, team-oriented environment. Motivated and able to initiate, develop and maintain professional relationships and networks. Work together with nursing and clinical administrative staff to facilitate effective patient care. Possess above-average verbal and written communication skills required to communicate with all members of the patient care team including faculty, trainees, clinic-based APPs, operating room staff, inpatient and ambulatory hospital staff as well as departmental and institutional administrative staff. Understanding of, and/or willingness to learn, One-Connect electronic medical record system. Effectively communicate with patient-specific reviews of procedure, exam findings, post-operative care, anticipatory guidance and education. This requires excellent interpersonal skills, an appreciation of language and cultural differences, as well as a clear, strong voice and good command of the English language.

Perform routine patient care, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as starting IV's, venipuncture, administering PO/IV/IM meds. Participate in the education of students including medical, physician assistant, nursing and allied health, etc. Requires the ability to communicate effectively and to give clear verbal instructions and feedback. Other duties that may be required are described in the MDACC institutional APP job descriptions. Participate in research and administrative projects pertinent to the patient population in the area where the APP is working. Coordinate the medical team in implementing the patient's treatment plan.


Minimum: $90,000 – Midpoint: $112,500 – Maximum: $135,000


Required: Master's Degree in Nursing. May be waived for applicants who obtained recognition as an Advanced Practice Nurse from the Texas State Board of Nursing prior to 1/1/2003. Graduate education and related Texas Board of Nursing authorization must be consistent with clinical practice area and patient population.


Required: Written authorization from the Texas Board of Nursing to function as an Advanced Practice Nurse. MAY BE REQUIRED: Authorization for limited prescriptive authority by the Texas Board of Nursing.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 93,600

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 117,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 140,400