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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 nursing management to patients undergoing stem cell transplant or patients with hematologic malignancies who are receiving therapy and/or participating in research protocols, working in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of medical and patient care providers. Participates in the development and execution of research protocols, coordination of care, phone consultation, maintenance of clinical standards, and educational activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assists with coordinator of the evaluation of and follow-up for patients with hematologic malignancies who have been referred to the clinic for stem cell transplant, related therapies, or research protocols.
Coordinates and collaborates with clinical trials involving patients with hematological malignancies who have been referred for stem cell transplant and/or related therapies, or for clinical research; coordinates the analysis and evaluation of protocol activities.
Reviews and prepares patient histories, physical examination results, pertinent laboratory data, and patient psychosocial assessments, and makes this information available to the health care team.
Facilitates patient progress from identification as potential candidate through the research or treatment processes to post-discharge care, serving as concerned advocate, educator, and point of liaison for the patient.
Evaluates patient educational needs, and educates patients/families concerning the disease process, plan of care and treatment, research protocol and scheduling, patient rights as research subjects, self care, and maintenance of optimal health.
Documents care and treatment plans, patient response to treatment, and relevant correspondence; manages patient and protocol data, as appropriate, using specialized computer software.
Coordinates and collaborates with internal and external ancillary services as necessary to meet patient needs appropriately and efficiently.
Educates in-patient and out-patient nursing and allied health care staff regarding the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and patients who are undergoing hematopoetic stem cell transplantation.
Attends at least annually at national hematopoetic stem cell transplant meetings to maintain currency of expertise; assumes general responsibility for continuing development and maintenance of the professional knowledge base essential to the role.
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor's degree in Nursing; at least 5 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 develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
Knowledge of oncology treatment procedures, facilities and equipment.
Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
Ability to perform nursing assessments and patient triage.
Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
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.
Ability to successfully organize and work with a professional multidisciplinary team.
Knowledge of patient screening, charting, and medical history procedures and documentation.
Strong communication, interpersonal, and management skills.
Knowledge and understanding of sound principles, methods, systems, and processes for controlled clinical trials involving human subjects.
Ability to legally administer chemotherapy with extensive experience in the delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs.
Knowledge of bereavement counseling techniques.
Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
Computer literacy and database management skills.
Conditions of Employment
May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
Basic life support (BLS) Certification.
Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
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.
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.