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Oncology Nurse

Location: UNM Cancer Center - Radiation Oncology
Pay Range: $29.56 minimum- $36.95 midpoint, hourly
Job Code: S0070
# of Openings: 1

Description

Job Code/Title: S0070/ Oncology Nurse
FLSA: Non- Exempt
Grade: CN11

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UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Medical Group, Inc. is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.

The UNMCCC is currently recruiting for a full time Oncology RN in our Radiation Oncology department to provide professional nursing care and coordinate the scheduling of oncology visits in the clinic, often in intensive care conditions, ensuring adherence to hospital or department and University policies and nursing procedures, standards and practices.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. Its 125 board-certified oncology specialty physicians include cancer surgeons in every specialty (abdominal, thoracic, bone and soft tissue, neurosurgery, genitourinary, gynecology, and head and neck cancers), adult and pediatric hematologists/medical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and radiation oncologists. They, along with more than 500 other cancer healthcare professionals (nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, navigators, psychologists and social workers), provided cancer care for nearly 60 percent of the adults and children in New Mexico affected by cancer. They treated 11,249 patients in 84,875 ambulatory clinic visits in addition to in-patient hospitalizations at UNM Hospital. These patients came from every county in the State. More than 12 percent of these patients participated in cancer clinical trials testing new cancer treatments and 35 percent of patients participated in other clinical research studies, including tests of novel cancer prevention strategies and cancer genome sequencing. The 130 cancer research scientists affiliated with the UNMCCC were awarded almost $60 million in federal and private grants and contracts for cancer research projects and published 301 high quality publications. Promoting economic development, they filed more than 30 new patents in FY16, and since 2010, have launched 11 new biotechnology start-up companies. Scientists associated with the UNMCCC Cancer Control & Disparities have conducted more than 60 statewide community-based cancer education, prevention, screening, and behavioral intervention studies involving more than 10,000 New Mexicans. Finally, the physicians, scientists and staff have provided education and training experiences to more than 230 high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellowship students in cancer research and cancer health care delivery.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Provides professional nursing care and coordinates the delivery of oncology treatments, often in intensive care conditions, to assigned patients in a medical oncology facility, ensuring adherence to hospital or department and University policies, and nursing procedures, standards, and practices.                                                                             

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides direct nursing care for specified patients, including appropriate supportive care and administration of chemotherapy, blood components, fluid and electrolyte replacements, and other oncology treatments as prescribed.
  2. Performs nursing assessments and triage of patient care needs for new and ongoing patients.
  3. Provides education to patients, families, and significant others; acts as an information resource to students, health care professionals, patients, and the public.
  4. Provides family support as required, including applicable referrals and bereavement counseling.
  5. Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
  6. May train and guide other nursing and support staff engaged in clinical activities; may participate in research and related activities.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

Associate's degree in Nursing with at least 3 years of experience that can be demonstrated to be applicable to the duties listed in the job description. OR Bachelor's degree in Nursing with at least 1 year of experience that can be demonstrated to be applicable to the duties listed in the job description. State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure pending as documented by temporary licensure OR current RN licensure from a state participating in the "multistate privilege to practice" compact with New Mexico. Verification of education and licensure will be required if selected for hire.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
  • Patient assessment and referral skills.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of oncology treatment procedures, facilities and equipment.
  • Knowledge of supportive care principles and techniques for oncology patients.
  • Ability to perform nursing assessments and patient triage.
  • Ability to educate patients and/or families as to the nature of disease and to provide instruction on proper care and treatment.
  • Knowledge of bereavement counseling techniques.
  • Knowledge of the nature and treatments of oncological diseases and of reactions and side effects of related therapy methods.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Must be employment eligible as verified by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA).
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Fingerprinting, and subsequent clearance, is required.
  • Must provide proof of varicella & MMR immunity or obtain vaccinations within 90 days of employment.
  • Must obtain annual influenza vaccination.
  • If this position is assigned to a clinical area, successful candidate will be required to complete a pre-placement medical evaluation/health screen.  Required N-95 mask fitting, testing, vaccinations to include annual TST, Tdap, and Hepatitis B will be determined based on location and nature of position.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.




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