This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.
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.
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
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.
Performs nursing assessments and triage of patient care needs for new and ongoing patients.
Provides education to patients, families, and significant others; acts as an information resource to students, health care professionals, patients, and the public.
Provides family support as required, including applicable referrals and bereavement counseling.
Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
May train and guide other nursing and support staff engaged in clinical activities; may participate in research and related activities.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
Associate's degree in Nursing; at least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
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.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
Knowledge of oncology treatment procedures, facilities and equipment.
Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
Ability to perform nursing assessments and patient triage.
Knowledge of supportive care principles and techniques for oncology patients.
Ability to educate patients and/or families as to the nature of disease and to provide instruction on proper care and treatment.
Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
Knowledge of the nature and treatments of oncological diseases and of reactions and side effects of related therapy methods.
Patient assessment and referral skills.
Knowledge of bereavement counseling techniques.
Conditions of Employment
Must maintain certification and/or licensure status.
Required to complete department-specific professional development activities.
May be required to submit immunization records for review for required vaccines and TB testing.
UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
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.
Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.