SUMMARY: Provides quality nursing care in Radiation Oncology through professional practice and clinical competence by performing the following duties:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Provides nursing care to patients receiving radiation therapy. Performs a focused assessment, takes vital signs, weight, medical history and organizes equipment needed for examination. Assists patient in preparation for physician examination.
Assists Radiation Oncologist with patient exams including but not limited to: pelvic exams, pap smears, biopsies, suture removal, naso-laryngoscopy, wound cleansing, etc. Prepares cytology (e.g., pap smear, biopsy specimen) for transport to laboratory.
Reviews and gathers available medical records in order to become familiar with patients' condition. Assembles medical records on patients for physician review. Develops and writes patient care plan of nursing care to be given throughout treatment course.
Researches and obtains pre-authorization for radiation treatments. Follows up with insurance companies as needed.
Changes dressings, may start IV’s and may provide medications. Provides nursing care in accordance with hospital policies and procedures and physician orders. Records care given on nursing notes (i.e., part of patients' medical record) and patient care plan.
Schedules diagnostic studies in other departments, informs patient and therapists of schedule. Documents results on medical record.
Schedules patients for weekly review, completion of treatment review, and follow-up examination by physician. Assembles treatment chart (i.e., department record of radiation dosage, progress notes, etc.).
Assesses patients' condition, records observation on nursing notes and informs physician of observations.
Answers questions pertaining to radiation therapy treatment and side effects. Explains purpose and plan of treatment, potential side effects, diet, etc. to patients and families. Recommends and consults with physician regarding Hospice, Home Health, Social Service and dietary consultations for patients.
Prepares instruments for cleaning and sterilization and sends to Sterile Processing.
Works with staff in general scheduling, patient charging, and order entry.
Complies with established administrative/personnel/departmental policies and procedures. Incorporates the mission into daily activities and the performance of job duties. Complies with state and federal regulations.
Maintains professional attitude with patients, visitors, and other hospital personnel while assuring confidentiality of patients and other hospital information.
Assumes responsibility for personal and professional growth through participation in elective in-services and educational programs and continuing education programs. Attends mandatory department meetings and in-services. Fulfills yearly education requirements as stated by policy.
Demonstrates work practices consistent with St. Anthony and department-specific safety, security and infection control policies.
Authorized to make entries in the medical record, consistent with and limited to the scope of the job duties and any applicable licensure.
Complies with the Corporate Compliance Policy and all laws, regulations, and Standards of Conduct relating to the position and agrees to report any suspected violations of law or Standards of Conduct.
Complies with all applicable state and federal regulations.
Attends all mandatory meetings and programs.
Maintains a safe work environment using safe work practices, utilizing standard precautions and complying with hazardous waste procedures at all times as described in St. Anthony's Safety Manual.
Maintains the confidentiality of patient, resident, employee and organizational information.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Holds a current Iowa license as RN from an approved school of nursing
Oncology certification within 3 years of hire
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before customers, patients, families and employees of the organization.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS, CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Graduate of approved school of nursing
Currently licensed to practice professional nursing in the State of Iowa
Two years prior nursing experience preferred
Oncology experience preferred
Current BLS certification required before starting employment
ACLS certification within six months of employment.
Good customer service skills required.
Need to be flexible with work schedule.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; talk and hear; and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk and sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 21 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to risk of electrical shock and blood-borne pathogens. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of radiation, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.