Posting #: 2017-808961
Position: Registered Nurse
Department: Cancer Clinics
Status: Regular Full-time
Hours: Monday to Friday – 7.5 hours per day (8:00-4:00 and 8:30-4:30) (Hours are subject to change based on operational needs)
Halton Healthcare takes great pride in providing quality, compassionate healthcare services to our rapidly growing communities. As a progressive and vibrant healthcare organization, we are committed to being an innovative centre of excellence in community hospital care in the Halton and Peel Regions. We are a distinctive centre of healthcare excellence that offers first-rate care in an innovative environment that supports the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the community.
The Cancer Clinic at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital is an exciting new program that opened February 2016. The Specialized Oncology nurse will be primarily responsible in supporting the Combined Oncology Clinics. In addition to the Primary Nurse role, the position will also be expected to provide support in the Department as appropriate.
This is what you'll be doing:
- Navigate the patient/family through their illness experience, liaising with key internal and external resources.
- Assess patients for potential and actual complications of disease and therapy, tolerance of therapy and side effects of treatment and perform the appropriate nursing interventions and evaluation.
- Perform initial and ongoing assessment identifying patient/family needs and goals of care.
- Provide ongoing informational emotional, social, and practical support in a timely manner to support patients and their families.
- Experience and knowledge of a palliative approach to care.
- Participate in multidisciplinary team and patient/family conferences.
- Demonstrate commitment and current knowledge of oncology nursing by participating in educational opportunities.
Combined Oncology Clinic
- Function as a Primary Nurse for one or more disease site.
- Assist in planning and coordination of the daily activities and flow of the clinic to ensure efficient and effective delivery of patient care.
- Perform/assists and monitors patients undergoing invasive therapeutic procedures e.g. thoracentesis.
- Assess patient’s level of understanding of health issues, treatment options, side effects and preventative measures.
- Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other members of multidisciplinary team to ensure optimal best practice.
- Provides teaching on treatment regimens, expectations and side effects.
- Has strong understanding or oral anti-cancer agents, MOATT (Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer Oral Agent Teaching Tool) teaching tool and self-management techniques to ensure adherence with treatment.
- Demonstrate understanding of chemotherapy and biotherapy administration and scheduling complexity
- Demonstrate understanding of CCO evidence informed treatment regimens and individual drugs.
- Provide strong competency in drug calculations and other formulae such as BSA as they pertain to oncology.
- Provide strong competency managing Central Venous Access Devices including Port-A-Cath’s.
- Complete assessment and support of the patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological needs as it pertains to systemic therapy.
- Provide ongoing knowledge and information to patient and family to enable them to prevent and manage common side effects of treatment.
- Administers treatment protocols as prescribed by the haematologist/medical/radiation oncologist.
This is what you'll need to do it:
Halton Healthcare endeavors to hire individuals who are competent in their chosen profession and who exemplify our mission, vision and values of accountability, respect and compassion which guide our individual behaviours and attitudes.
- Current registration in good standing with College of Nurses on Ontario
- Baccalaureate in Nursing preferred
- Current Chemotherapy certification required
- Demonstration of competency through an accredited organization is mandatory
- Minimum of 3 years’ recent experience of Chemotherapy and/or Biologics Administration in an outpatient setting
- Strong computer skills, knowledge of oncology documentation platforms
- Strong understanding of Cancer Care Ontario Chemotherapy Regimens
- Strong understanding of oncology outpatient clinic process and flow
- Central Venous Access Device certification or equivalent including but not limited to Port-a-Caths, P.I.C.C.s, Tunnelled Catheters
- Peripheral access device and infusion management
- Current CPR certification
- Solid understanding of CANO standards for Oncology Nursing
- Demonstrable critical thinking skills
- Ability to manage emotionally charged situations in a fast paced environment
- Demonstrable understanding of symptom assessment skills common to the oncology patient population
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrates a commitment to remain current with knowledge in the area of cancer care with a specific interest in care of the patient receiving chemotherapy and biotherapy.
- National Certification in Oncology Nursing an asset, expected to obtain within 2 years desirable.
- CANO membership an asset
- Previous leadership experience an asset
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Certificate (CHPCN (C)) desirable
Salary: $32.21 - $46.11 per hour
Open until filled.
If you are passionate about what you do, motivated by a job well done, and as committed to excellence, quality and patient satisfaction as we are, we'd like to hear from you. Please submit your application via our website at www.haltonhealthcare.com directly to this posting and include a current copy of your resume.
We thank all those who apply but only those individuals selected for further consideration will be contacted.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Halton Healthcare will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your accommodation needs to ensure your equal participation.
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