Participate in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care. Responsible for providing professional, safe, quality care. Coordinate and administer chemotherapy/biotherapy medications in adherence to practice policy and ONS standards. Perform all job duties and responsibilities in compliance with practice policies and procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Chemotherapy Drug Administration:
Conduct accurate calculation, preparation, and administration of chemotherapy medications.
Verify lab values prior to the administration of chemotherapy. Ability to mix chemotherapy/biotherapy in accordance to protocol guidelines.
Assess patients prior to, during, and after the administration of any medication.
Maintain current knowledge of chemotherapy protocols.
Knowledge of infusion pump operation and maintenance.
Facilitate dose modifications according to physician and protocol guidelines.
Communicate with physicians, co-workers and other care coordinators as appropriate.
Asses patient for changes in condition, including, but not limited to; abnormal labs, x-rays, scans, and drug reactions. Initiate appropriate action.
Assess patient for treatment related side effects and/or symptoms related to their disease process and/or disease progression.
Document patient data, including, but not limited to; vital signs, height, weight, allergies, medication and patient condition changes, patient teaching, and medication administration in chart.
Maintain an efficient patient flow through infusion room.
Triage patient phone calls as needed; documents relevant information in patient chart.
Ability to assess patient/family needs and provide the necessary education.
Demonstrates awareness of community resources available to patient. Refers patient and/or family to appropriate supportive services.
Manage patient medication refills and document in chart.
Act as a patient advocate while providing privacy and confidentiality.
Additional Skills and Abilities:
Maintain a clean work environment.
Assume responsibility for personal and professional growth by participating in professional development activities and maintaining professional affiliations.
Act as resource to other medical and office staff.
Follow OSHA guidelines for chemotherapy agents, biohazardous waste, and any potential blood borne pathogens.
Maintain knowledge of reimbursement procedures. Assure preauthorization, financial counseling, and appropriate consent forms are obtained prior to medication administration.
Complete charge encounters accurately.
Comply with all rules, regulations and procedures of the practice. Adhere to practice guidelines.
Inform Clinical Manager of clinic needs and/or concerns related to work environment.
Travel/float to other Palo Verde clinics as necessary.
Excellent customer service skills, both verbal and written.
Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office.
Onco experience a plus.
Excellent knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations.
Work overtime if there is a need (with Manager approval).
Attend all mandatory in-services and meetings.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing is preferred.
Minimum one year of chemotherapy experience preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Current Arizona RN State Board of Nursing license required.
Current CPR Certification required.
ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Providers Card required.
Internal Number: 6965
About Palo Verde Cancer Specialists
Comprehensive Cancer Treatment in Phoenix
We know that cancer can be more than a physical disease as it touches the deepest fears of patients and their families. For this reason, we provide information to lessen the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. We encourage you to accept help when offered and to reach out for the support you need. Each individual will have unique needs. What is meaningful to one person may be meaningless to another. We do know that it is helpful to discuss your concerns – whether it is to a friend, family member, or spiritual advisor; in a support group of people going through a similar situation; or to yourself through a journal. Find the method that works best for you.
At Palo Verde Cancer specialists you will find a variety of highly-qualified, caring specialists practicing in six convenient cancer care centers located in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, and Payson areas. Our cancer treatment centers offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer. Our physicians are trained and board certified in hematology/oncology and radiation oncology. We work with other specialists to develop a personalized action plan that will impro...ve your quality of life and better your chance of overcoming cancer.
Our Treatment Process
We offer cancer patients in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, and Payson a more individualized treatment that can increase the effectiveness of therapies and minimize discomfort experienced during treatment. Your first appointment starts with a comprehensive evaluation and ends with a personalized cancer-risk assessment and a treatment plan designed just for you. Your assessment will include a comprehensive medical history, a physical exam, and a lifestyle evaluation.
Following the completion of your assessment, you will have the opportunity to participate in a thorough, one-on-one education session which will promote strategies for your in-depth personal care that may include:
Personalized screening tests to meet your particular needs.
Individual tobacco cessation counseling – for patients who want to quit smoking.
Referral to other specialists as needed.
A teaching chemotherapy DVD narrated by one of our personal certified chemotherapy registered nurses, which includes many aspects of what to expect during and after chemotherapy treatments.
Financial counseling is also available.