Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Registered Nurse - Per Diem- Apheresis

Registered Nurse - Per Diem- Apheresis

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Regular Per-Diem
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. These three organizations have worked together to support their mission of world class adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.  Please join us and be part of making a difference in the lives of our patients, families, and community!


At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance every patient, every life matters. Our dedicated nurses are a driving force making SCCA a global leader in the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Our nurses rank among leading experts in oncology. Our nurses provide exceptional patient and family-centered care as they coordinate and assist in individualized treatment. They integrate care with support for the research and development of innovative therapies.  Embarking with each patient on a journey through cancer treatment and survival, our compassionate nurses walk hand-in-hand with courage and hope with each individual to ensure the best possible patient outcome. 



Our nurses are vital to the journey of cancer care.  We invite you to explore our career opportunities and apply online for more information.



The Apheresis Registered Nurse performs cell collections and therapeutic apheresis procedures for adult and pediatric patients, related donors, and volunteer research subjects in three local inpatient and outpatient settings. This role provides patient centric care and is primarily responsible for nursing assessment and diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.


Apheresis Unit Profile

  • Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, with on-call services 24 hours a day
  • Nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1
  • We are supported by two Medical Directors, a Professional Practice Coordinator, Research Coordinator, Certified Nurse Assistant, Program Coordinators and Assistants and the SCCA Cellular Therapy Division.
  • New hires are provided a comprehensive apheresis training program, including in-house bone marrow transplant and oncology courses, and are encourage to attend apheresis-specific conferences.
  • SCCA Nurses have a say in our governance and make decisions collaboratively with our clinical partners.
  • Our Apheresis Nurses have over 220 years of combined apheresis experience!


What is Apheresis?

Apheresis is a procedure using a medical device that removes whole blood from the body, separates the whole blood by centrifugation into different cell components, and either discards, replaces or treats and returns those cell components back to the body.  It is a well-tolerated but occasionally high-acuity procedure.  To learn more about apheresis, please explore the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) website at


  • Performs all apheresis procedures for all patients and donors in all locations served.
  • Assesses patient/donor medical history and clinical condition for procedural concerns, risks and contraindications to apheresis.
  • Reviews donor health history questionnaires, justifications and other related documentation before collection, according to SOPs and regulatory guides.
  • Educates patients, families, and caregivers on disease processes, treatment, side effects and symptom management
  • Monitors the patient / donor response to the procedure and make technical and medication changes appropriately.  
  • Communicates with medical provider teams and Apheresis Medical Directors to address potential and immediate clinical concerns.
  • Coordinates with inter-disciplinary team to ensure continuity of care
  • Processes apheresis products, including labeling and delivery in compliance with regulatory documentation.
  • Adheres to unit policies and procedures compliant with regulatory requirements documentation; follows FDA, FACT, CAP and other regulatory requirements and guidance.
  • Accepts rotating on-call assignment for nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Accepts rotating assignment for Charge Nurse: responsible for daily workflow management, staff assignments, scheduling changes, environmental safety and interfacing with other departments.
  • Assist in policy and procedure development, review, revision and implementation.
  • Integrates research and evidence based knowledge into clinical practice


  • Nursing degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred)
  • 2 years Apheresis nursing experience with CellEx Photopheresis and Spectra Optia CMNC 
  • Current Washington State nursing license
  • Current Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider Card from American Heart Association
  • Excellent venipuncture skills and experience with central venous access devices
  • Able to move (push / pull / carry) required equipment
  • Available for night / weekend / holiday on-call coverage
  • Basic computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills


*sign-on bonus eligible for qualified applicants*



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