Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facility: Central Washington Hospital
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift

Job Description

Position Summary: The Infusion Nurse is responsible for the nursing management of patients being infused with chemotherapy and biologic therapy agents, fluids and other medications, and the nursing management of central lines. The nurse provides direct patient care; consults with physicians and nurses; and assists with patient/family education, care coordination and symptom management of patients that treated in the infusion department. This position will work in collaboration with all members of the healthcare team to achieve the best possible outcomes for the patient.

Essential Functions:
    • Infuses chemotherapy, biologic therapy and other agents:
      • Performs a nursing assessment prior to each infusion or treatment per policy and procedure of the medical center.
      • Has knowledge of each agent infused including potential drug toxicities and side effects, proper methods of administration, and related interventions.
      • Safely prepares infusion and pump set-up for each drug that is infused.
      • Follows parental administration policy and procedure of the medical center for the medications given.
      • Monitors patient during and if applicable after the infusion, observing for any untoward effects.
      • Provides patient and family teaching about treatment and side effects in collaboration with the other members of the healthcare team.
      • Follows the ONS/ASCO and INS guidelines for these infusions.
    • Assures the safety of patients and other staff.
      • Follows all policy and procedures of the medical center related to verification of orders and products when administering chemotherapy, biotherapy and other infusion agents.
      • Demonstrates an awareness of the potentially hazardous nature of many of the agents administered and follows safe handling and disposal policy and procedures of the medical center.
      • Properly prepares and protects patients and families during infusions when indicated.
      • Follows infection control policy and procedure of the medical center.
      • Follows universal precautions.
    • Provides care to patients as part of the overall care team.
      • Communicates patient symptoms, concerns and/or reactions to Nurse Case Manager and/or physician for that patient.
      • Provides psychosocial support to patients and families.
    • Documents assessment and infusion treatment per guidelines and policy of medical center.
    • Documents patient education per guidelines and policy of medical center.
    • Documents all medications and treatments administered per guidelines and policy of medical center.
    • Maintains and Develops IV/CVAD skills.
      • Maintain knowledge of current ONS and INS standards.
      • Follows policy and procedures for IV and Central Lines of medical center.
    • Takes an active role in their own education to stay current with medications they give, oncology care and treatment and current standards of ONS, ASCO, and INS.
    • Willingness to be involved in PI and LEAN processes.
    • Demonstrates effective and professional communication with patients, colleagues and providers.
    • Demonstrates ability to effectively intervene with a patient in crisis.
    • Informs Area Manager of high-risk patient situations.
    • Follows teamwork performance standards of clinic.
  • Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
  • Required:
    • Current Washington State Nursing License.
    • Current BLS Health Provider card.
    • Chemotherapy/Biotherapy certification within the first year of employment.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, family members and staff.
    • Ability to work under pressure related to work/time deadlines.
    • Competent in assessment and IV skills.
    • Ability to work independently and use critical thinking skills.
    • Competent in basic computer skills.
  • Desired:
    • IV experience and oncology experience.
    • OCN certification.
Additional Information

Who We Are: Confluence Health is an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes two hospitals and more than 40 medical specialties, to provide comprehensive medical care in North Central Washington. With over 270 physicians and 150 advanced practice clinicians, Confluence Health is the major medical provider between Seattle and Spokane. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, safe, compassionate, and cost-effective care close to home. Staying on the leading edge of healthcare innovation is important, so we invest in technology--to provide better care for our patients and allow our providers to operate at the highest level. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost-effective manner. Our Vision: To become the highest value rural healthcare system in the nation that improves health, quality of life, and is a source of pride to those who work here.