Clinical Nurse Practitioner
The Oncology Nurse Practitioner is responsible for assessing the health of the patients, formulating a diagnosis, establishing a plan of care, managing acute and chronic medical conditions and, when necessary, prescribing medication and ordering diagnostics, which may include laboratory and radiographic studies and cultures. The NP shall also provide routine health care maintenance services to the patients, including health education and psycho/social evaluation and support.
- Take patient histories, conduct physical examinations, and record the date in the patient's record; write and dictate progress notes; prepare patient work-ups and summaries noting pertinent positive and negative findings. In collaboration with the supervising physician, the NP will perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to assist in diagnosing medical and surgical problems and in prescribing necessary treatment and services for quality patient care.
- Obtain psychosocial history relevant to patient care, and assume responsibility for developing therapeutic relationships with patients.
- Order and schedule laboratory studies and diagnostic procedures; explain necessity, preparation, nature and anticipated effects of scheduled diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to the patient.
- Carry out therapeutic procedures such as paracentesis, wound staple removal and dressing changes; monitor progress of patients, report progress to supervising physician, and maintain record of each patient's progress, consulting with supervising physician when patient's progress does not meet anticipated and/or predetermined criteria.
- Participate in the administration of chemotherapy, provide patient education, and follow appropriate laboratory results for treatment planning, implement computer-driven algorithms for generating chemotherapy orders and tracking patients’ progress.
- Participate with other members of the Division of Oncology in the management of patients admitted to the oncology service. Such in-patients include pre- and post-operative patients, patients with surgical complications, patients with chemotherapy-related complications, and those admitted for management of complications related to progressive disease. This activity involves making in-patient rounds in collaboration with the Supervising Physician and the residents assigned to the oncology service.
- Responsible for working with the Hematology/Oncology Unit and Nursing Department to develop protocols and procedures for triage of patient phone calls, chemotherapy administration, and clinical procedures performed in the office.
- Participate in the design, planning, and launching of the Oncology chemotherapy infusion facility.
- Develop educational information for patients, families and community as needed.
- Provide continuing education for inpatient nurses in oncology and/or hematology/oncology.
- Master’s degree in Nursing
- Current licensure in Massachusetts as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
- Current CPR certification
- RNC - Certification as Nurse Practitioner in Obstetrics or related specialty
- OCN – Certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation