A registered professional nurse employed by Erlanger Medical Center is responsible educating oncology patients on the potential side effects of chemotherapy and a variety of infusion related therapies as well as diseases. The chemotherapy nurse educator will meet with the patient for a one on one education session after their diagnosis, but prior to starting chemotherapy. They will obtain chemotherapy consent forms, provide patients with education handouts, be the patients direct contact while undergoing chemotherapy, serve as the primary contact between the infusion center and the physician office, coordinate therapy with radiation oncology, coordinate with navigators, social work, and nutrition, and supervise the oral chemotherapy program. This position will also serve patients at the East office.
Graduate from an accredited School of Nursing.
Two to three years of direct oncology experience
4-5 years of direct oncology experience
Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration
Current licensure to practice nursing in the State of Tennessee, BLS required within 30 days of hire.
National Chemotherapy Administration Certification (OCN)
Department Position Summary:.
The educator is responsible for educating all new oncology patients on the potential side effects of chemotherapy, antibiotics, blood products, other infusion therapy products and procedures needed for the oncology patient in an out patient setting. The chemotherapy nurse educator will meet with the patient after diagnosis but before starting treatment to provide the patient an overview of the process, what to expect during treatment and potential side effects of any medication that is part of their treatment plan. They will serve as the patients direct contact while they are undergoing therapy, answering all questions in a timely manner. They will be responsible for obtaining the chemotherapy consent forms, and providing the patient educational material to review. This position will also serve as the direct point of contact for the infusion center and will coordinate therapy with radiation oncology as directed by the patients treatment plan. The educator will be responsible for contacting nurse navigators, social work, and nutrition as needed. They will supervise the oral chemotherapy program, which includes but is not limited to: insurance authorizations, ensuring drug delivery, providing patient education regarding the medicine, and ongoing refill requests as needed. They will have direct supervision of the LPN/RN responsible for the oral chemotherapy.
The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patients status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs and to provide the care needed as described in the units policies and procedures. This is done through evaluation of direct supervisor by direct observation, in a skills lab, or discussed verbally or written. Competency can also be evaluated by a formal peer review process and/or by self assessment based on objective criteria that is reviewed and validated.