Clinic RN III - Phase I Infusion
- Duarte, CA
About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.
Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.
Position Summary and Key Responsibilities
Phase 1 Infusion Nurse is an experienced nurse that is ready to take her Oncology Nursing experience to the next level. The Phase 1 unit is where the next possible cancer cure is being delivered. The nurse works collaboratively with the Clinical Trial Office, and provides treatment to patients enrolled on in Phase I to Phase III clinical trials. The Phase 1 Infusion nurse provides first in human medication, as well as FDA approved medication. The Phase 1 Infusion nurse with the Clinical Research Nurse is responsible to assure that the documentation for all treatments, and related tasks are documented and completed accurately. The Phase 1 Nurse actively participates in planning and evaluation processes to improve and advance clinical research within the organization. The Phase 1 Infusion Nurse in Oncology fulfills the role in congruence with Oncology Nursing Society Competency Guidelines for Clinical Research Nurses.
Understands and applies the City of Hope Code of Conduct, Code of Organizational Ethics, policies, procedures, performance and quality improvement objectives, promotion of a culture of service excellence, attendance, safety, environmental and infection control guidelines. Maintains integrity and confidentiality.
Accepts the tenets of professional nursing practice and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships (Manthey, 1969, 2014; Kouloroutis 2004, 2009; O’Rourke, 2013)
• Responsibility, Authority and Accountability
• Commitment to my Coworkers©
• Role Based Practice
Demonstrates competent understanding of and application of
• The Swanson Model of Caring and Healing© (Kristen Swanson, 2013 [used with permission])
• The City of Hope Quality of Life Model (Ferrell prc.coh.org)
Demonstrates competent application of the nursing process according to the Role Based Practice model:
• Diagnosis / condition
• Plan of care
• Teach / Inform
• Dynamic interaction (circularity) among steps A – F
• Assess patient level of stability and interrelatedness of direct and indirect RN provided care / dose of care
• Care Coordination
Demonstrates a high level of professional practice which supports the delivery of care excellence, extraordinary outcomes for our patients, families and communities, and fosters collaboration and teamwork to achieve positive working relationships with all nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, allied health and support staff members, with attention to self-care and healthy work / life balance.
Demonstrates competent understanding of the overall plan of care and coordinates the nursing plan of care
• Consults and collaborates with other disciplines to modify the plan of care as necessary and to ensure optimal patient care and outcomes
• Assists members of the health care team with examinations, procedures and other processes related to direct patient care.
• Administers and controls medications and infusions, including narcotics, chemotherapy and biologic therapies, blood component transfusions, etc.
• The professional registered nurse maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families.
Education / Patient, family, community and self
• Demonstrates competent assessment of patient and family including an assessment of healthcare literacy and identification of factors within the domains of the City of Hope Quality of Life model, which may impact the patient’s ability to comprehend and internalize patient education. The professional registered nurse intervenes to facilitate understanding, address and minimize or eliminate barriers and to provide patient – centered education which is accessible and meaningful to the patient.
- The professional registered nurse
- Employs “The Teach” back method to validate the patient’s understanding of education.
- Includes the designated caregiver in the patient / family education.
- Is encouraged to recognize that we are part of many communities and, as a professional role responsibility, to participate in the education of our communities about health, wellness, prevention and continuum of care issues relevant to the communities.
- Uses evidence-based practice and best available research to inform practice
- Enhances professional growth and development
- Participates in unit based projects and activities, staff meetings, councils, work teams
- Reviews current literature, attends educational programs, workshops and in services
- Actively participates in shared decision-making / participative leadership through councils, committees, work teams, task forces, and unit-based practice councils.
• Precepts new RNs and nursing students in exemplary professional practice
• Mentors and coaches’ new and existing RN staff and ancillary support staff
• Functions in Charge RN role
• Strives to provide excellence in patient and staff experience
• Uses systems, electronic and other documentation according to standards and organizational policy and procedure to ensure and maintain an accurate record of nursing care.
• Effectively uses and applies information technology to give and receive information (e.g. email, basic Microsoft Office applications, LMS (learning management systems) access, information on Share point or other web-based applications).
• Maintains professional portfolio, per clinical ladder requirements.
Minimum Education and Skills Required for Consideration:
• If hired before May 1, 2012: Graduate from nursing school with a diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. If hired after May 1, 2012, Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s degree in Nursing is required.
• 3+ years of clinical experience in Infusion and Chemotherapy (Chemotherapy Certification Preferred)
• American Heart Association BLS
•Shift: 10 hours, FT 40 hours a week
•This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement
City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
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