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Clinical Nurse - Ambulatory Treatment Center (Infusion) (10:30am - 9pm)

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Nursing
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ATC - Bed & Chair Unit 148200
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163405 Requisition #
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MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.
SUMMARY
The primary purpose of the Clinical Nurse position is to positively affect 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.
The ATC nurse has the competence and competencies regarding all aspects of administering and monitoring a variety of systemic cancer therapies and other injectable infusions to an adult population in the Ambulatory Treatment Center.
The ideal candidate will have infusion and/or stem cell experience. 
Shift time: 10:30am-9pm, M-F with rotating weekends and holidays.
Location: *TMC (Texas Medical Center) Region* to include ATC Main, ATC Mays and/or ATC Life Science Plaza (LSP).
KEY FUNCTONS
  • Infusions administered may include (but are not limited to) standard of care and research chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy, blood products, IVIG, growth factors, antibiotics, electrolytes and hydration.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills. Has the ability to assess and educate patients and family/caregivers to ensure future care needs are met.
  • Develops collaborative, professional relationships with physicians and all members of the heath care team.
Specific competencies include:
  • IV insertion and venous access device management
  • Accurate administration and monitoring of infusions via a variety of routes (oral, subcutaneous, intramuscular, intravenous)
  • Performing an independent double-check for chemotherapy administration
  • Safe handling and disposal of chemotherapy to minimize patient and staff exposure to hazardous drugs
  • Continuous infusion pumps (connects and disconnects)
  • Management of treatment related side effects and adverse reactions
  • Minimizing the risk for infection among patients who are actually or potentially immunocompromised
  • Knowledge needed to facilitate early detection of specific side effects that lead to effective self-management of the side effect when it does occur

 

EDUCATION
Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing (RN). 
EXPERIENCE
Required: None. 
Preferred: Two years of nursing experience; preferably chemo infusion therapy or stem cell transplant.
LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION
Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN). Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification if working in the following department: Nrsg Post Anesthesia Care Unit (600160).
Onsite Presence: Is Required
All clinical nurses with less than one year of registered nurse (RN) work experience will be required to participate in the Clinical Nurse Residency Program.
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

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