As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
The Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinic of the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders provides comprehensive outpatient services to children and families with hematological and oncological diagnoses. We care for patients with ages as defined by Nemours Policy 1.6.1 (Patient Care Protocols). Services in the Outpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Day Therapy area include, but are not limited to: diagnostic workups, physical exams by physicians, peripheral IV insertion, central line access and care, medication administration, chemotherapy administration, blood product administration, emergency care, lumbar punctures, pheresis services including extracorporeal photopheresis by the American Red Cross, autologous blood collections for pre-operative patients, pre-, post- and intra-sedation monitoring, pre- and post-bone marrow transplant patients, and the initiation of the admission process to the hospital.
The Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Day Therapy is staffed by Registered Nurses daily. Hours of operation are from 8:30a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Nurses are assigned to various roles each day. Nurses work collaboratively with providers to care for each patient’s needs during the clinic visit. Nurses in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic assess, plan and initiate care for a variety of patients, while collaborating with the interdisciplinary team.
Principal Diagnoses include but are not limited to:
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Coagulopathy Disorders
- Hemolytic Disorders
- Brain/CNS tumors
- Solid tumors
- Genetic blood disorders
The goal of the Hematology Oncology nursing team is to provide high quality care to our patients and families. Nurses are responsible for coordinating patient care as part of an interdisciplinary team. Patient and family needs are assessed, interventions provided and outcomes evaluated based on written departmental policies and procedures as well as multidisciplinary plans of care.
Nurses working in the Hematology Oncology Clinic are required to be competent in the care of a patient receiving chemotherapy and biotherapy, as well as in the care of the pre and post bone marrow transplant patient. Competency is established and maintained through internal and external educational processes, including hospital-based lectures, interdisciplinary educational forums and external conferences and seminars relevant to clinical practice. These educational forums are specific to patient care needs and identified learning needs of the outpatient nurses. Such forums include journal article reviews, product in-services, disease-specific lectures and patient-specific team meetings. All registered nurses in the Hematology Oncology Clinic must successfully complete the National APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses) Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Course, the APHON BBMT Core Curriculum, and PALS certification.
The team of nurses provides nursing care through the Synergy model for patient care. This model provides a structure for matching the patient's needs with the nurse's competencies to guide assignments that lead to the best possible patient outcomes. One nurse is assigned each day to the Phone Triage position, answering calls from patients and families re: treatment, medications and side effects. The phone triage nurse also provides education and anticipatory guidance to families over the phone. Patient care is delivered in both the Hematology/Oncology Clinic and Day Therapy areas. Day Therapy is staffed with a minimum of two nurses at a time to provide for safe patient care delivery.
Active registered nurse licensure for appropriate state (based upon location of practice site) required
Current AHA Healthcare Provider (HCP) Certification required
Salary Range: $30.25 - $51.82
Previous experience in pediatric hematology oncology required
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.