The Oncology Registered Nurse has the responsibility and accountability for assessing patient/family health problems and resources, taking a leadership role in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing plan of care provided by the nursing team. Providing technical nursing care and interventions to a designated patient populations. Per the Departments Scope of Practice, this position requires providing services to Oncology Patients, in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional/developmental age of the individuals served. This position requires the full understanding and active participation in fulfilling the Mission of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. It is expected that the associate demonstrate behavior consistent with the Core Values. The associate shall support the CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini's strategic plan and the goals and direction of their Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)
Action Oriented -- Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
Collaborate -- Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
Customer Focus -- Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.
Nimble Learning -- Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
Demonstrates Self-Awareness -- Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
Communicates Effectively -- Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
Decision Quality -- Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
ASSESSES THE PHYSICAL, PSYCHO-SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, FUNCTIONAL, HIGH RISK AND DISCHARGE NEEDS OF THE PATIENT AND FAMILY.
Completes and documents initial assessment/care within required time frames.
Performs, reassessments/care at intervals as required or appropriate to the patient's needs.
Ensures physical assessment/care includes all major body systems.
Ensures spiritual assessment/care includes actual/expressed needs.
Incorporates cultural and ethnic factors into assessment/care.
Correctly differentiates between normal and abnormal findings.
Makes appropriate referrals for positive high-risk screens.
DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY TO ACCURATELY ACCESS AND DOCUMENT PATIENT CARE ACTIVITIES AND HOSPITAL PROCESSES.
Uses computer system(s) appropriately.
Documents in the medical record according to policy/procedure.
Complies with incident reporting and notification requirements.
Attends/reviews department staff meetings for information.
Identifies patient's problems by comparing health status to established nursing norms.
Assists with the care of the physical and psychological needs of the patient and reports any signs of complications to the Medical Oncologist. Advises Dietary and Social Services of patient's special needs.
Assists others as necessary, always using time constructively.
OBTAINS KNOWLEDGE OF, AND DEMONSTRATES COMPLIANCE WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.
Practices Standard Precautions in patient care activities.
Practices appropriate disease specific isolation as required.
Appropriately handles and disposes of sharps.
PROVIDES FOR THE EDUCATION/TRAINING OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY
Identifies and documents patient/family educational needs upon initial assessment and thereafter.
Identifies barriers to learning.
Provides teaching based on identified needs.
Evaluates the effectiveness of instruction provided.
Assessment and teaching incorporates cultural and ethnic actors.
Assessment and teaching incorporates functional needs.
Develops and/or implements established departmental teaching/educational programs for patients concerning their treatment and care.
DEVELOPS, IMPLEMENTS AND EVALUATES A NURSING PLAN OF CARE FOR THE PATIENT/FAMILY.
Develops and implements the plan of care based on assessment findings.
Establishes the plan of care within time frame specific to assigned Department/unit.
Re-evaluates and modifies the plan of care, based on the patient's response to the interventions.
Communicates the plan of care to members of the nursing team.
Prioritizes and delegates patient care activities based on patient assessment and staff capabilities.
Appropriately coordinates and/or delegates aspects of the plan of care.
Involves the patient/family in developing the plan of care.
Demonstrates sound clinical judgement in decision-making regarding patient care.
INCORPORATES THE PLAN FOR NURSING CARE INTO THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY.
Communicates effectively with physicians and allied health team.
Coordinates nursing care with other disciplines involved.
Involves allied health team members, as necessary.
Actively participates in multidisciplinary care conferences
ASSURES THE RIGHTS OF THE PATIENT/FAMILY ARE RESPECTED AND MAINTAINED.
Allows for privacy and modesty in the provision of care.
Identifies self by name and title to patient/family
Reports suspected cases of abuse/neglect, if identified.
Understands role of, and how to access, the Ethics Committee.
Establishes presence of consent prior to treatment/procedure.
DEMONSTRATES THE ABILITY TO SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY ADMINISTER MEDICATIONS, INTRAVENOUS THERAPY AND BASIC FLUID MANAGEMENT.
Understands actions, side-effects, contra-indications of drugs.
Follows five "rights" of medication administration.
Adheres to medication policies, practices and standards.
Administers medication, intravenous therapy and fluid management only under physician order and guidance.
DEMONSTRATES KNOWLEDGE OF UNIT SPECIFIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND THE ABILITY TO SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY USE UNIT SPECIFIC PATIENT CARE EQUIPMENT IN THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY PATIENT CARE.
Completed Unit Specific Annual Competency Checklist.
Obtains necessary training prior to initial equipment use.
Assures equipment is in operating order prior to use.
Differentiates between patient complications and equipment malfunction.
Uses medical equipment in accordance with manufacturer's operating guidelines.
Participates or performs required Quality Improvement studies accurately and in a timely manner.
Assists Medical Director in the development of new policies or procedures as requested.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. English required, bilingual (English/Spanish; English/French) preferred
One year recent experience preferred
B. Licenses, Registrations or Certifications
Current Louisiana RN License.
Current BLS and ACLS
ChemotherapyBiotherapy certificate required within 3 months of hire date and maintains current.
OCN certification required within 2 years of hire date.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.