The Registered Nurse utilizes the nursing process in providing nursing care to patients in all settings in collaboration with other health care providers. The RN is accountable for his/her own professional development and practice within the scope of care defined by law. Utilizing organizational resources the RN acts as a patient advocate for the delivery of safe care including delegation of care and participation in performance and practice improvement activities. The delivery of nursing care within the Kettering Health Network reflects the missions, vision, values and philosophies, of the organization and nursing departments.
The Registered Nurse reports to the Practice Manager.
The surgical oncology clinic RN provides quality nursing care to patients requiring pre and post-op care. This includes wound care and ostomy management, as well as normal outpatient functions. Possesses knowledge and skills to provide education and guidance about disease, symptom management and treatment as well as an advocate for patient and family’s needs. Possesses and develops understanding of the oncologic process and acts appropriately in those situations.
- Able to assess and recognize surgical complications and intervene appropriately.
- Serve as an advocate for patients and their families in relation to their cancer treatment & diagnosis. Able to interact appropriately with patients and families who are in times of crisis.
- Able to communicate effectively and appropriately with staff members and members of the interdisciplinary team. Responds to patient’s requests/needs timely and effectively. Documents all patient contact within the EMR.
- Identifies learning needs/style of patients and families and provides the appropriate education to them.
- Able to utilize the oncology Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for all charting, charging, retrieval of orders, scheduling, ect.
- Maintains a highly professional and positive attitude and behavior towards patients, families and staff.
- Inputs, retrieves and interprets data from patient charts (paper by EMR) in a timely manner.
- Follows up promptly on patient concerns and questions.
- Instructs patients and families regarding medications, treatment plans and aftercare instructions.
- Provides a calm and understanding environment in which the patient can receive cancer treatment resulting in a positive experience.
- Licensed in the state of Ohio as a Registered Nurse
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing (NLN or CCNE) if they are a new graduate nurse. New graduates from non-accredited programs may be considered if they had a clinical rotation at a network hospital.
- Bachelor of Science in nursing preferred (must be completed within 5 years of hire). If hired after June of 2010, at KMCS, all other KHN facilities after Jan 2011.
- At least year of medical/surgical nursing experience required with preference given to RN’s with oncology clinical experience.
- A nurse who is returning to the acute care setting after five or more years may be required to provide evidence of successful completion of a refresher course.
- BLS certification
- Manages patient care in the oncology clinic area which includes but is not limited to:
- Responsible for knowledge of drugs/chemotherapy/biotherapy/treatments and surgical procedures provided.
- Able to ascertain patient symptoms in relation patient’s plan of care.