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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – General Oncology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked the nation’s top hospital for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals.” MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through exceptional programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Patient Care and Treatment:

Provide quality patient care that is specifically tailored to the patient’s diagnosis, treatment, age, developmental and other identified needs.

Obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination and psychosocial assessment.

Review and interpret physical exam findings, laboratory and/or radiographic test results and formulate a plan for further diagnosis and therapeutic management in collaboration with the attending physician. Document all pertinent information within the patient’s medical record per institutional policy.

Perform admission and discharge responsibilities.

Manage systems, toxicities and complications related to the patient’s disease and/or treatment in collaboration with attending physician.

Order consultations, diagnostic tests or procedures as indicated.

Communication and Research:

Communicate verbally and in writing with Physicians, multi-disciplinary team members, and external care providers.

Facilitate communication between patient/family, primary and/or multi-disciplinary team.

Provide education to patients and their families.

Participate in the conduct of clinical research.

Assist with eligibility assessments.

Monitor for side effects of toxicities associated with investigational treatments, and document according to protocol requirements.

Procedures and Privileging:

Perform bone marrow aspiration/biopsy procedures.

Perform lumbar punctures and Ommaya taps with or without administration or intrathecal chemotherapy.

Maintain privileging once obtained.

EDUCATION

Required:

Master’s Degree in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice. May be waived for applicants who obtained recognition as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse from the Texas State Board of Nursing prior to 1/1/2003. Graduate education and related Texas Board of Nursing authorization must be consistent with clinical practice area and patient population.

EXPERIENCE

Required: None

Preferred: Minimum of 1 year in APRN role.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required: All of the following:

Written authorization from the Texas Board of Nursing to function as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Authorization for limited prescriptive authority by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Preferred:

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) or PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification as required by patient care area.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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