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 (call duty is minimal and rarely results in a worked assignment: 1 night every 1-2 weeks, 1 weekend every 6-8 weeks, 2 holidays / year).
• 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!
• 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 nursing experience – apheresis, oncology, critical care, dialysis and ECMO experience a plus
• 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 available for qualified applicants*
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Purpose & Mission:
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients. SCCA's purpose is to provide state-of-the-art, patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond.
Every individual at SCCA plays a unique role in supporting our mission. Our collective success hinges on each of us conducting ourselves in accord with a set of core values:
• We are patient-centered. Everything we do must be linked to our ability to deliver better, safer outcomes for our patients.
• We are innovative. We nurture an environment that fosters unconventional thinking, a passion for discovery, and the open-mindedness to invite discovery from unexpected places.
• We are respectful. We are deeply respectful of our patients, their families, and each of our colleagues who serve them in so many different and important ways.
• We are collaborative. We understand that asking for and offering help in how to do better is not just a right, but among our most important responsibilities.
• We are agile. We cannot just be comfortable with change; we must embrace it as proof that we are making progress.
• We are responsible: Because our work is focused on people's well-being, we approach it with the highest level of ethical, fiduciary, and environmental responsibility.
Employees must adhere to all SCCA policies and processes, including the SCCA Code of Conduct and all HIPAA privacy requirements
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