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

  • Tyler Simmons

    Member
    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.

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    Tyler Simmons, MSN,RN,CPHON,CPN
    Seattle, WA
    United States
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    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

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    Lori Neptun, RN, MN, CPN, CPHON
    Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
    Tacoma, WA
    lori.neptun@multicare.org
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