Reply To: Core oncology staff in mixed med/surg/onc unit

  • Carie Murphy

    May 5, 2023 at 1:48 pm
    We require all RNs on our mixed unit to have their chemo/bio certification.  I could not imagine navigating that if they all were not trained.  I’ll be interested to see other’s answers.  
    Carie Murphy, MSN, RN, CPON

    Original Message:
    Sent: 5/5/2023 3:13:00 AM
    From: Lori Neptun
    Subject: Core oncology staff in mixed med/surg/onc unit

    Hello, for those who work in mixed med/surg/onc units:
    -are all staff trained to administer chemotherapy/biotherapy to oncology patients or do you have a core group?
    -if not all nurses are required to administer chemo, how do you ensure you have enough nurses who are chemo trained on shift?
    -if not all nurses are required, how does this affect staffing, vacation requests, low census days, etc.?

    Thank you for your insight,

    Lori Neptun, RN, MN, CPN, CPHON
    Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
    Tacoma, WA