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Clinical Nurse, Outpatient (Thoracic) - Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Clinic 504100
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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.


MD Anderson's Radiation Treatment Center is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in the world. Our tools and expertise allow us to offer patients the most effective and advanced radiation treatments available, including new therapies that reduce or eliminate some of the side effects of radiation treatment.  Most patients are referred to the Radiation Treatment Center by another MD Anderson care center. We also accept patient self-referrals and external physician referrals. Types of cancers we treat: Breast cancer; Central nervous system tumors; Gastrointestinal cancers; Genitourinary cancers; Gynecologic cancers; Head and neck cancers; Lymphoma and myeloma; Melanoma; Sarcoma; Pediatric cancers; and Thoracic cancers. 


This position supports the Radiation Oncology Gynecology clinic. Key nursing responsibilities include patient education in preparation for treatment, extensive reinforcement of education throughout the treatment, and post-treatment education. The nurse is responsible for securing patient history, in depth knowledge of multiple pertinent medications, assisting with physical exam, coordination of care with significant complexity and multiple contact points, management of acute toxicities, administration of medications, etc. The Gynecology service supports a patient population requiring short turnaround time from referral to appointment, resulting in a rapidly changing clinic environment. Uniquely, the service also manages procedures, like HDR treatments and Seed Insertions.


Manages patient outcomes by providing, coordinating and supporting clinical aspects of direct patient care across the continuum of care.  Impacts quality of patient care, patient outcomes and use of resources in a designated area in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.


This position will support Radiation Oncology Thoracic Clinic. Ideal candidate will have two to four years of relevant clinical experience preferably in Radiation Oncology and/or gynecology or an outpatient, ambulatory setting.


Shift: Generally will work between the hours of 8:00 am-5:00 pm, some late shifts and rotating weekends.


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.


Required:  Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.

Preferred:  Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Required: None.  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. Foreign-trained nurses who have not practiced nursing as an RN in the United States for at least one year will also be required to participate in the Clinical Nurse Residency Program.


Preferred: Two years relevant clinical nursing experience, preferably in an outpatient, ambulatory setting and/or radiation oncology or thoracic experience. 


Required: Current State of Texas Professional Nursing License (RN). Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.


Preferred: American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification as required by patient care area.


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

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