Cancer Center Staff RN - Benign Heme
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Boston, Massachusetts

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The principal responsibility for a Staff Nurse in the MGH Cancer Center is to provide improved clinical care with a primary focus on many of the increasingly complex care issues of our patients at home and the timely triage of clinical issues to APP (Advanced Practice Practitioners) and Medical Oncologists working in the outpatient setting. The Staff Nurse, after orientation, will be expected to be able to function in a selection of our Disease Centers or in our Short Stay Unit.

The primary focus of the nurse will be the support of the oncology/hematology patients in the Cancer Center including the nursing evaluation, development and ongoing implementation of outpatient care plan, education and counseling of patients and families, and coordination of home nursing services, social services, and hospice services within a specific disease center. The Nurse will be available to assist with patients, care givers or family members.

The nurse will practice according to MGH, policies and procedures, and ONS standards of care.


Serves as a contact with patients at home and in the outpatient setting, to ensure optimal clinical management in collaboration with the NPs and MDs. This includes patient teaching, prescription questions, symptom management, as well as monitoring patients at home for anticipated chemotherapy/surgery/radiation-associated toxicities, and screening for unanticipated toxicities/events. The Staff Nurse may be asked to assist with the following:

  • Daily Telephone Triage
  • Assist in triage of medical urgencies/emergencies to APP or MD (e.g. urgent medical problems)
  • Coordinates (with assistance from APP/MD) VNA, Hospice, home infusion, laboratory services and monitoring.
  • Coordinates, performs, and tracks injections according to pathways (such as Neulasta, Aranesp, and Lupron etc).
  • Coordinates and performs blood draws and flushes of central lines (i.e. PACs)
  • Coordinates and performs hydration in the practice and in coordination with Short Stay Infusion Unit and Yawkey 8 Infusion
  • Performs IV placement
  • Administration of PO/IV electrolyte repletion, antiemetics and pain medications for patients requiring interventions for symptom management
  • Patient Education such as Lovenox self-injections, home care of drainage tubes, wound care and ports
  • Assists with fever workup and coordination of patients requiring admission
  • Assists with safe patient transfers to the Emergency Room and other clinical Areas
  • Coordinates and completes Disability forms and pre-authorizations as needed
  • Assesses psychosocial needs of patients and families. Communicates with social service or psych for follow up
  • Assists patients with Advanced Directives

  • Provides ongoing patient management via telephone (prescriptions, teaching, symptom management)
  • Documents relevant patient information and current plan in EPIC
  • Documents patient's medications in the EPIC medication list
  • Collaborates with Physicians and APP's
  • Collaborates with Infusion Nurses, Short Stay Nurses, Radiation Nurses and Research Nurses
  • Collaborates with NP/MD in clinical research trials

  • Excellent communication skills when working with peers and patients
  • Prioritizes promptly to respond to competing demands with complex patient population
  • Assist in maintaining an environment for safe and comfortable patient care
  • Maintains steady communication with other members of healthcare team
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and patience in responding appropriately to the verbal and nonverbal communication of patients/families/and coworkers
  • Shows flexibility and compassion when dealing with a variety of patients/families in stressful situations
  • Acts independently and utilizes critical thinking in the resolution of clinical and non-clinical problems
  • Visualizes and anticipates new problems and offers creative solution and problem-solving process
  • Reliability, punctuality and flexibility in daily work schedule with coordination of coverage when away from unit

  • Maintains CEUs and attends pertinent educational offerings to maintain a high level of clinical expertise
  • Attends Disease Center rounds and team meetings

  • Current MA Licensure as a Nurse
  • BSN - Graduate of an accredited nursing program
  • OCN Certification preferred
  • Experience in Ambulatory Nursing preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in Medical Oncology Nursing

EEO Statement
MassachusettsGeneral Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverseskills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applicationsfrom protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are stronglyencouraged.

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