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Staff Nurse, Radiation Oncology (MGH DANVERS)

Company: Partners Healthcare System
Location: Danvers
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


A registered nurse, who, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, provides appropriate assessment, intervention and direct care to the patient and family, co-ordinates services, ensures quality and continuity of care during the treatment and follow-up period.


Provides competent and compassionate nursing care based on scientific principles and the use of nursing process.

  • Discusses patient diagnosis and plan of care with the Radiation Oncologist
  • Performs initial patient assessment which recognizes age appropriate behavior, nutritional needs, cognitive and physiologic norms.
  • Provides age appropriate patient education regarding radiation, chemotherapy, diagnostic tests, medications, symptom management and follow-up care.
  • Identifies, facilitates and evaluates outcomes of nursing care through weekly assessment utilizing nursing process.
  • Communicates the plan of care and other pertinent patient/family information to/from other healthcare team members: radiation therapists, social service, dietary, and VNA and community services.
  • Documents pertinent patient information in the LMR
  • Recognizes the inter-relationships between cultural, social, spiritual, economic, psychological and biological factors.
  • Provides and maintains a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient and family.

The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients, through geriatric, served on the unit.

  • Collaborates with other professionals and directs nonprofessional staff in maintaining recognized standards.
  • Teaches and directs nursing personnel for whom she/he is responsible.
  • Participates in orientation of new and permanent staff members, including colleagues from other areas and programs within the Cancer Center.

Participates in daily operational activities of the Radiation Oncology Department.

  • Co-ordinates clinical activities with the physician and radiation therapists to ensure efficient flow of patient care. This includes weekly status checks, follow-up clinics and new patient consultations and procedures.
  • Utilizes resources efficiently to facilitate optimal patient care.
  • Provides input to the Nursing Director regarding unit needs.
  • Assists with appropriate financial initiatives such as billing
  • Participates in maintaining supplies and equipment in patient care areas.
  • Provides assistance as needed in cleaning, processing and maintaining equipment. This includes items for CSR and immediate use in Radiation Oncology.

Other Activities

  • Participates in Quality Improvement activities, including data collection, measuring outcomes and recommendations for improvement.
  • Participates in the orientation of new staff, provides mentoring for students and serves as a resource for colleagues.

Professional Development

  • Maintains/updates clinical knowledge and skills relative to current oncology nursing practice through participation in relevant continuing education and learning experiences.
  • Adheres to requirements for re-licensure and re-training.
  • Identifies learning and professional needs, sets goals and formulates a plan for achieving them.
  • Contributes to relevant committees, professional meetings and continuing educational programs.
  • Seeks out and utilizes appropriate resources to enhance patient care and professional development.


  • Graduate of an accredited nursing program
  • A current Massachusetts license as a Registered Nurse
  • A minimum of 2 (two) years of Medical-Surgical nursing and preferably 1 (one) year of oncology nursing or 3-years pediatric oncology experience
  • Bachelors Degree preferred
  • Oncology Certification preferred, working towards attainment of OCN or expectation of certification within discussed timeframe of employment.


  • Basic computer skills necessary
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills with ability to deal with a wide range of personality types is necessary; ability to deal with diverse cultural backgrounds and to show flexibility and compassion when dealing with a variety of patients/families in stressful situations
  • Good organizational skills to handle multiple tasks in a busy environment
  • Assists in maintaining an environment of safe and comfortable patient care
  • Maintains CEUs and attends pertinent educational offerings to maintain high level of expertise


  • Conveys Compassion: Demonstrates awareness and shows sensitivity to others needs.
  • Respectful of Others: Considers others viewpoints and treats others with honesty, fairness and integrity. Speaks highly of the capabilities of the hospital and its staff.
  • Attentive to Others: Actively looks for ways to help customers by identifying and proposing appropriate solutions and/or services.
  • Collaborates with Others: Maintains cooperative working relationships and builds team identity. Promotes a friendly, cooperative climate within the department and hospital setting.
  • Accountable for Actions establishes a high degree of trust and credibility with others. Evokes confidence in character, abilities and truthfulness. Demonstrates efforts to succeed and excel. Guards patient privacy.
  • Informative: Proactively shares information with others.
  • Adaptable to Others: Managers multiple demands, shifting priorities and rapid change. Adapts plans, behavior or approaches to fit major change situations.
  • Acts Professionally: Builds trust through reliability and authenticity. Demonstrates results oriented behavior. Develops constructive, cooperative relationships with others.
  • Emotionally Self Aware: Understands the implications of own emotions and managers appropriately.
  • Safety: Is aware of and adheres to safety measures for both patient and staff.


  • Daily exposure to the mental/emotional stress related to the oncology experience(s) of patients/families.
  • Hazards include regular exposure to blood and body fluids, risk or exposure to hazardous materials and risk of physical injury.

Keywords: Partners Healthcare System, Boston , Staff Nurse, Radiation Oncology (MGH DANVERS), Other , Danvers, Massachusetts

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