About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital:
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personaliscaring for the whole person
MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.
MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.
General Summary of Position:
The professional nurse is responsible for providing comprehensive care in an ambulatory setting for patients in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. . Responsibilities include assessment of physical and psychosocial needs, patient education, and the administration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and blood products along with other infusion therapies. The nurse evaluates the patient's response to interventions and implements appropriate changes and also assist in symptom management, coordination of internal and external resources, triaging unexpected patient visits and facilitating communication between all members of the health care team. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.
EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: ADN required, B.S.N. preferred.
LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. licensure as a Registered Nurse; APON Oncology certification preferred. Chemotherapy certification required within 3 months of hire.
EXPERIENCE:Minimum of five years experience in Pediatric care, Pediatric Oncology background a plus; ambulatory care experience preferred.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Excellent phlebotomy skills, Experience with electronic medical record documentation.
Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs initial and ongoing assessment of a designated patient population's physical, psychosocial and educational needs. Identifies goals, and evaluates the patient's response to interventions.
Provides the patient and family/significant other with information (oral, written, or audio-visual) regarding diagnosis treatment, potential side effects, symptom management, and resources available within and outside MGUH. This may be face-to-face or via telephone.
Administers chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and blood products according to policy and procedure. Obtains blood samples from Central Venous Access devices according to policy and procedure.
Provides psychosocial support to patient/family/significant other throughout their care experience. The nurse identifies and coordinates resources for the patient, i.e. counseling services, support groups, etc.
Supports biomedical research at the Lombardi Cancer Research Center through specimen collection, patient education and continuous review of current research and new technologies.
Contributes to his/her own professional growth and development through attendance at national and/or regional conferences, reading and sharing current literature, and identifying knowledge or skill needs.
Triages patients who "walk-in' to the outpatient department. Identifies and prioritizes needs, initiates appropriate treatment(s), and communicates with the clinical fellow, Attending Physician and if applicable, Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.