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Steward Health Care System Per Diem Registered Nurse - Oncology in Ayer, Massachusetts

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:

C ompassion

A ccountability

R espect

E xcellence

S tewardship

If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

Position Summary:

Provides direct and indirect patient care in the clinic setting. Provides care that reflects initiative, flexibility and responsibility indicative of professional expectation with a minimum of supervision. Determines priorities of care based on physical and psychosocial needs, as well as factors influencing patient flow through the system. Communicates with Oncology Outpatient Clinic physicians about changes in patient's status, symptomatology and results of diagnostic studies. Is able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition or response to treatment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of medications and their correct administration based on age of the patient and their clinical condition.

  • Follows the five medication rights and reduces the potential for medication errors.

  • Ability to monitor hemodynamic status of patient and correctly interpret the results.

  • Ability to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients and reassessments as per policy. This includes neonate, pediatric, geriatric and the general patient population.

  • Ability to adequately assess and reassess pain. Utilizes appropriate pain management techniques. Educates the patient and family regarding pain management.

  • Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

  • Ability to formulate an individualized plan of care, revise plan as indicated by the patient’s response to treatment and evaluate overall plan daily for effectiveness.

  • Formulates a teaching plan based upon identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning, family is included in teaching as appropriate.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring, identifies dysrhythmias and treats appropriately based upon ACLS protocol.

  • Provides care to patients with compromised nutritional/metabolic status.

  • Provides care to patients requiring extensive fluid and electrolyte management.

  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to charge nurse, co-workers and physicians.

  • Consults other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s needs.

  • Provides care appropriate to disease condition and age of the patient.

  • Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.

  • Demonstrates an ability to assist physicians with procedures both in the ICU and other departments.

  • Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function well under stressful situations.

  • Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families. Functions as a liaison between administration, patients, physicians and other healthcare providers.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the skills necessary to provide age appropriate care to the patient population served. Able to interpret data about the patient’s status in order to identify each patient’s age specific needs and provide care needed by the patient group.

  • Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.

  • Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.

  • Documentation meets current standards and policies.

  • Ability to assess and care for patients in the post anesthesia period both in the PACU and ICU.

  • Participates in performance improvement activities.

    Required Knowledge:

    A minimum of one year experience on an oncology unit, preferred.

    National Oncology Certification preferred or attained in agreed upon timeframe

    Excellent IV Skills

    Phlebotomy Skills required


    • Current BCLS certification.

    • Current MA Registered Nurse Licensure in MA

    Minimum Education:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing

  • BSN preferred

    Minimum Experience:

    Two or more years of recent critical care experience, preferred.