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

  • Tyler Simmons

    May 6, 2023 at 4:55 am

    Hi Lori!

    From my experience, having been an educator and travel nurse, every institution I have been to has made all staff nurses on mixed units become chemotherapy certified. This is to ensure adequate staffing, skill mix, and care responsibilities throughout the staff.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Tyler Simmons, MSN,RN,CPHON,CPN
    Seattle, WA
    United States
    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-05-2023 02:13 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