MD Anderson Cancer Center Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Endocrine Neoplasia and HD in Houston, Texas

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The ideal candidate will be an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with at least 2 years of experience. Previous experience in Endocrine or Oncology is strongly preferred.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Provide Direct Medical Skills within Scope of Practice:

Has primary responsibility for working with department faculty physicians to assist in covering the outpatient and inpatient clinical practice for the Endocrinology and Endocrinology—Diabetes services. Clinical aspects include manage endopathies, manage effects of chemotherapy agents, assess glucose needs and lipid control, and manage multiple-dose insulin and insulin pumps.

Must be able to independently initiate monthly assignments without supervision, and demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Attend Endocrinology Multidisciplinary Conference weekly.

Attend Division of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.

Share responsibility for coverage of faculty clinics, attending-on-service (AOS) and inpatient services, triage of Endocrine Center new patients and consultations, and coordination of the scheduling of these patients.

Outpatient Services: Attend clinic with physician and conduct preliminary assessments on physician's new, consult and follow-up clinic patients. Maintain independent outpatient clinics, under supervision from a faculty physician, as assigned.

Inpatient Services: Attend Inpatient Rounds under the direction of the Endocrine and/or Diabetes Attending's on Service and Fellow(s).

New Patient and Consultations Triage and Evaluation

Provide Quality Patient Care:

Perform and record histories, physical assessments and progress notes within 24 hours. For patients co-managed, sign off and forward to the supervising physician for co-signature within ten days.

Order routine tests appropriate to the services provided under such orders.

Access biopsy and laboratory reports.

Order patient medications and treatments within authorized limited prescriptive authority consistent with institutional delegated prescriptive authority policies and procedures.

Perform routine admission procedures.

Interview patients for symptoms, side-effects, toxicities, and determine their status pertaining to the investigational aspects of protocols. Calculate drug doses when appropriate. Chart notes. Measure films to monitor disease response. Assess toxicity, grade and make handwritten entries onto flow sheet or database. Assure protocol compliance and assist physicians as necessary.

Schedule and perform delegated medical procedures as required.

Education/Research/Collaboration:

Provide patient and trainee education.

Participate in clinical protocol clinical tasks as needed.

Participate and collaborate on clinical research protocols, under direct supervision of faculty physicians.

Interview patients and review the eligibility criteria to identify potential patients for protocol studies.

Schedule and conduct follow-up appointments.

Provide Other Services to Facilitate Direct Medical Services:

Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of healthcare to provide patient care that is cost effective and demonstrates resource allocation that does not compromise quality of care.

Advocates for quality patient care and assist patients in dealing with system complexities.

EDUCATION

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.

EXPERIENCE

Required: None

Preferred: At least 2 years of experience as APRN. Previous Endocrine or Oncology experience preferred.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required: All of the following:

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.

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