XCEPTIONAL CANCER CARE, EXCEPTIONAL NURSES
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.
“Like our world-renowned physicians and researchers, SCCA’s nurses set a world-class standard in their field, and a very high bar across an incredibly diverse range of professional skills. Our nurses bring a unique kind of compassion to their work, rooted in a profound understanding of the very human challenge our patients and their families are going through. They provide a depth of knowledge and insight that ensure our patients are well educated about the prevention and care of cancer, and empowered to make the best decisions before, during, and well after recovery from cancer. They strive for nursing excellence because they demand that level of performance from themselves, each other, and the rest of us. SCCA has always known that nurses are the backbone of our patient care, and, because of that, we have had a historic commitment to nurses practicing at the top of their license. That commitment is even stronger today.”
These positions cover other Pediatric and Adult Transplant Clinic RNs responsible for nursing management of patients undergoing marrow transplant or related therapies. The nurse accomplishes this through the provision of direct patient care, clinical implementation of research protocols, phone consultation, maintaining clinical standards, patient teaching and involvement in educational activities. The nurse is part of a team, which consists of an attending physician, primary medical provider (PA, ARNP, Fellow, Visiting MD), a clinical Pharmacist, a social worker, a nutritionist, and a Team Coordinator.
Vacation Relief RNs cover in the subspecialties of Allogeneic, Autologous, Pediatrics, Long Term Follow up, Transition, Charge and Triage.
Performs comprehensive initial assessment of patient, family and caregiver.
Performs ongoing assessment of patient, family and caregiver as patient progresses through Transplant process.
Monitors patient response to therapies, including lab values and symptom assessment, in collaboration with the medical, nutrition and pharmacy staff.
Provides psychosocial support to patients and families.
Functions as resource for rotating physician staff regarding standard practice and operations in the clinic.
Reviews all orders written by the medical staff.
Communicates hospital admissions to the Charge RN.
Coordinate home infusions provided by outside Home Infusion agencies after initial referral by Transition RN’s.
Provide continuity of nursing care by communicating effectively with Charge, Evening, Weekend, Infusion
Room, Procedure, Triage, and Inpatient RN’s.
Documents all assessments, teaching, response to therapies and plans of care in a timely manner.
Keeps patient Kardex up to date
Functions as primary telephone contact for patients and their caregivers.
Participates with all disciplines in daily rounds to plan and coordinate patient care.
Patient and Caregiver Teaching:
Provides initial education and Clinic orientation. Reviews Patient Resource Manual with patient and family at arrival visit.
Assumes primary responsibility for chemotherapy teaching with patients and caregivers.
Assumes primary responsibility for patient education regarding medications and therapies, including home infusions.
Assumes primary responsibility for patient education regarding symptom management.
Assumes primary responsibility for departure teaching when patient is leaving the Acute Transplant Program
Support for Research:
Coordinates consent forms
Assists in obtaining research data in conjunction with patient care data.
Maintains a working knowledge of current protocols related to the patient population with whom they work. Knows research resources and how to access
Communication and Teamwork:
Participates in Committees and Task Forces to review and improve current standards.
Serves as a resource to other nurses caring for patients undergoing BMT transplant.
Flexible in incorporating patient care outside own team assignment to assist with patient care needs in other areas of clinic.
Informs Nurse Manager of high-risk patient situations or operational issues.
Communicates in a respectful and effective manner with other staff.
Demonstrates appropriate problem solving when working with other departments.
Maintaining And Developing Own Skills:
Participates in continuing education programs.
Keeps current in area of expertise through journals, books, and conferences.