MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Nurse, Outpatient - Brain & Spine Center in Houston, Texas

The Outpatient Clinical Nurse position in the Brain & Spine Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center positively affects patient outcomes by providing, coordinating, and supporting evidence based direct patient care across the continuum of care. The highest quality of patient care and the appropriate use of resources is achieved in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.

Most new patients who come to MD Anderson every year are treated in one of our specialized cancer care centers or clinics, which embody the multidisciplinary, team approach to cancer care that has become an MD Anderson trademark. MD Anderson's Anne C. Brooks Brain and Spine Center has nearly 75 years of experience diagnosing and treating brain tumors, spine tumors and skull base tumors. Our world-renowned surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation therapists work together to develop customized care plans, centered on our patient's specific treatment needs.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation's top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals." MD Anderson's mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention. Our mission also includes education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

The ideal candidate will have at least two years of clinical nursing experience.

Key Functions:

  1. Transformational Leadership:

The Clinical Nurse leads co-workers, patients, and families to where they need to be in order to meet the demands of future care needs. Organizes and prioritizes work of patient care team. Assures continuity of care through appropriate discharge planning, patient education, and coordination of services.

  1. Structural Empowerment:

The Clinical Nurse problem solves in order to meet organizational and unit goals and to achieve desired outcomes. Active member in shared decision making model at unit level. Accountable for identifying barriers to patient care and solutions. Active in developing strong relationships and partnerships to improve patient outcomes.

  1. Exemplary Professional Practice:

The Clinical Nurse has a comprehensive understanding of the role of professional nursing in the institution that is demonstrated in the relationships with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members. Trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources. Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area. Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies. Collaborates with physicians, other services, patient and patient's family to plan care and evaluate outcomes. Acts as a patient and family advocate in order to uphold patient rights.

  1. New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements:

The Clinical Nurse is responsible for the integration of innovation and research based findings into daily patient care practices. Improves practice by integrating results and theories of research studies. Participates in /leads evidenced based practice projects. Participates in the redesign of care delivery for unit/center patient population.

  1. Empirical Quality Results:

The Clinical Nurse seeks solutions to problems inherent in our institution rather than creating work arounds. Ensures integration of safety and quality standards into practice and delivery of team care. Minimizes at risk behavior in self and others. Actively reports using the Good Catch and incident reporting systems. Collaborates with others in quality and performance improvement efforts. Documents care according to established standards.

Employment Status: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Salary Range: $56,000 - $78,500 - $110,000

Shift: Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. No weekends, on-call, or holidays.


Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.


Required: No experience required.

Preferred: Must have at least two years of clinical nursing experience. Ambulatory, inpatient, or oncology experience would be a plus.


Required: Current State of Texas professional Nursing License (RN).


This position requires:

Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic)

Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues

Exposure to harmful chemicals

Exposure to radiation


Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:

Time Spent:

Never - 0%

Occasionally - 1-33%

Frequently - 34-66%

Continuously - 67-100%

Standing - Continuously

Walking - Continuously

Sitting - Frequently

Reaching - Frequently


Up to 10 lbs - Frequently

10 lbs to 50 lbs - Frequently

More than 50 lbs - Frequently


Up to 10 lbs - Frequently

10 lbs to 50 lbs - Frequently

More than 50 lbs - Frequently

Use computer/keyboard - Frequently

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.