PRN/ Monday-Friday 0730-1600, occasional weekend coverage (approx 0730-1130)
Utilizing the Nursing Process, coordinates and implements care of patients within the outpatient infusion department of the hospital under the direction of the Department Manager. The registered professional clinical nurse (RN) is accountable and responsible for the provision and coordination of competent, evidence-based care along the care continuum, which includes assessment, diagnosis, outcome identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Nurses in this position will set up patients with an IV or other infusion device to administer fluids or medication. Position coordinates with the in-hospital pharmacy to ensure the right dosage of the medication is administered and reassure patients by answering any questions they may have about treatment. Represents nursing within UnityPoint and works to improve the health of the communities we serve.
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The Chemotherapy/Infusion RN is accountable and responsible for the provision and coordination of competent, evidence-based care along the care continuum, which includes individualized patient assessment and provides an analysis of the assessment to determine the patient diagnosis.
· Assessment – collects comprehensive data pertinent to the patient’s health or the situation. Completes initial assessment within 24 hours of admission or established policy time frame if sooner. Completes physiological, psychological, spiritual, and educational assessment of the patient/family within established policy time frame. Maintains ongoing assessment following established practice guidelines that accurately reflects patient status. Documents nursing assessment clearly and concisely. Notifies physician of pertinent changes in patient status
· Diagnosis – analyzes the assessment data to determine the diagnoses or issues. Identifies issues/problems in Care Graph within established patient population time frames. Updates, adds or deletes issues/problems as patient condition changes.
Chemotherapy/Infusion RNs identify individualized patient outcomes and develops a plan to reach outcomes.
· Outcomes Identification – identifies expected outcomes for a plan individualized to the patient or the situation. Identifies realistic and measurable outcomes which are complimentary to medical plan of care and centered on the patient’s and family's/significant other's needs and appropriate practice guidelines
· Planning – develops a plan that prescribes strategies and alternatives to attain expected outcomes.
· Collaborates with co-workers, physician, other disciplines, patient, and family to develop individualized plan of care to address patient diagnoses or issues that attains patient outcomes.
· Revises plan of care based on evaluation of patient’s response. Includes discharge planning needs in plan of care.
Chemotherapy/Infusion RNs implement a plan of care for patients and evaluates progress toward outcomes.
· Implementation – implements the identified plan. Coordinates care delivery - Assumes responsibility for assigning and coordinating patient care with ancillary personnel consistent with patient needs, staff competencies and licensure. Employs strategies to promote health and a safe environment. Demonstrates competence in the administration of age appropriate patient care and implementation of physician orders. Implements age appropriate patient care in accordance with established practice guidelines, policies, procedures, state and federal law. Facilitates a healing environment for patients through an evaluation of current hospital practice as it relates to the individual patient's welfare, i.e. patient needs for rest, nourishment, exercise, emotional, and spiritual support. Serves as a patient advocate. Communicates response to care, i.e. documentation and verbal report. Responsible for providing education for patients and their families regarding the patient's illness, treatment, medications, and discharge planning needs.
· Evaluation – evaluates progress towards attainment of outcomes. Regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the coordinated medical and patient-centered plan of care and implements changes as necessary. Encourages feedback from the patient, families/significant others, peers, and other disciplines regarding perception of care provided to patients and utilizes feedback to improve patient care practices.
Basic UPH Performance Criteria
· Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
· Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
· Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
· Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
· Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.
· Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.
Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors
Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities
· Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.
· Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.
· Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.
Own The Moment:
· Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect
· Enthusiastically engage in our work.
· Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.
· Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.
· Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.
· Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.
· Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.
· Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.
· Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.
· Have the courage to challenge the status quo.
Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.
Preferred or Specialized
Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.
Graduate of accredited school of nursing and have current Registered Professional Nurse licensure in the State of Illinois.
Chemotherapy experience and/or oncology certification preferred.
Previous oncology and/or acute care experience preferred.
· Must possess and maintain licensure in good standing as a Registered Nurse in the State of Illinois
· ACLS & PALS within 90 days of hire
· Must possess and maintain current BLS Certification.
Must obtain certification in chemotherapy within one year of hire date based on course availability.
Also required is knowledge of the nursing care required for patients throughout the age continuum, ability to use the nursing process, knowledge of teaching/learning theories, the ability to critically think, problem solve, plan, organize, and coordinate patient care activities, and the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
· Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
· Ability to think critically
· Ability to problem solve
· Demonstrate basic knowledge of health system operations
· Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office
· Advanced reading skills
· Advanced writing skills
· Advanced oral skills
· Professionalism and relationship management
· Ability to handle multiple interruptions and changing priorities
Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.