MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Nurse, Outpatient - Radiation Oncology Clinic in Houston, Texas

Clinical Nurse opportunity in Radiation Oncology Clinic. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of relevant clinical ambulatory oncology experience; preferably in Radiation Oncology.

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.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of the Clinical Nurse is to positively affect patient outcomes by providing, coordinating and supporting evidence based direct patient care across the continuum of care for patients receiving radiation therapy, including brachytherapy. The highest quality of patient care and the appropriate use of resources are achieved in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.

Salary Range:

Minimum - $56,000 Midpoint - $78,500 Maximum - $110,000

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Transformational Leadership: Clinical Nurse must lead others (co-workers, patients, families, significant others) to where they need to be in order to meet the demands of their future care needs. Organizes and prioritizes work of the patient care team which include but is not limited to administration of chemotherapy/biotherapy agents, pump connects /disconnects, administration of antibiotic therapy, administration of IV fluids, rapid response to chemotherapy reactions/ emergencies, IV starts, etc.

Structural Empowerment: Clinical Nurse is empowered to problem solve in order to meet organizational and unit goals and achieve desired outcomes.

Exemplary Professional Practice: 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.

New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements: Clinical Nurse is responsible for the integration of innovation and research based findings into daily patient care practices.

Empirical Quality Results: Clinical Nurse seeks solutions to problems inherent in our institution rather than creating work arounds.

Radiation Oncology-specific functions Consultation, Simulation, and Treatment Planning Phase

• Identifies self and nursing role to patient

• Checks patient identification

• Verifies that informed consent has been obtained

• Obtains nursing history and assessment

• Identifies patient's physical and psychosocial needs

• Assesses patient's literacy level and ability to learn

• Teaches patient and family about general and site-specific side effects of radiation therapy and self-care measures

• Solicits questions to be sure patient and family understand teaching

• Explains treatment protocols appropriate to patient (e.g., external beam radiation, brachytherapy, radiosensitizers, radioprotectors, hyperfactionation, total body irradiation, combined modality therapy)

• Reinforces discussion of appropriate clinical trials and assists in informed consent process

• Documents individualized plan of care

• Communicates plan of care to patient, family, and radiation therapy team

• Assesses patient for general side effects of treatment (e.g., fatigue, skin changes)

• Assesses patient for acute site-specific or modality-specific side effects of treatment (e.g., alopecia, mucositis)

• Initiates measures to manage general side effects (e.g., dry desquamation, moist, desquamation, anorexia)

• Initiates measures to manage site-specific side effects (e.g., mucositis)

• Teaches self-care measures to manage side effects of treatment

• Alerts patient to report potentially dangerous or uncomfortable symptoms immediately to nurse of physician

• Monitors patient's psychological status and coping skills

• Explains procedures and answers patient's questions

• Documents patient's response to treatment and symptom management

• Checks appropriate laboratory data and communicates results to other member of healthcare team as needed

• Institutes appropriate radiation safety precautions

• Consults and collaborates with other members of the healthcare team. Demonstrates effective communication skills

• Refers patient as needed to appropriate specialists (e.g., dietitian, pain management team, sexual counselor)

• Discusses discharge instructions with patient and family

• Assesses patient for late effects of treatment

• Teaches or reinforces appropriate self-care measures

• Assesses patient for symptoms of recurrent disease

• Monitors patient's psychological status and coping skills

• Consults and collaborates with other members of the healthcare team as needed

• Checks appropriate laboratory and diagnostic data

• Reinforces need for patient to continue to report potentially dangerous or uncomfortable symptoms immediately to nurse or physician

• Evaluates and documents long-term response to therapy and side effects

• Refers patients as needed to appropriate specialists (e.g., dietitian, pain management team, sexual counselor)

• Instructs patient in cancer prevention and early detection measures.

EDUCATION

Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred: Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

EXPERIENCE

Required: None.

Preferred: Two years of relevant clinical ambulatory oncology experience; preferably in Radiation Oncology.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION :

Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN)

Preferred: Certification in Oncology.

WORKING CONDITIONS

This position requires working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic). Refer to the Position Description for specific ADA requirements and patient age-related information.

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. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 56,000

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 78,500

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 110,000