Reply To: travelers and chemo admin

  • Sheila Tobin

    November 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    We do allow travelers give chemotherapy, if they have an active APHON Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider card, are familiar with COG protocols, complete a written test with calculations and safety information(as we have found at times that having your APHON card doesn’t necessarily mean you have been giving chemotherapy recently), and successful completion of 5 chemotherapy “checkoffs”— from checking orders and roadmaps, preparing patient for chemo/verifying labs, spec grav etc., to administering at bedside via Alaris pump to completing and watching for side effects/monitoring patient.

    It’s a lenghty process but if the travel nurse has been successfully giving chemotherapy at other COG protocol based institutions, it has not been an issue.  There is a lot of assessment of the traveler’s experience upfront by the educator.

    Hope this helps

    Sheila Tobin
    Inpatient Clinical Educator
    Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 11-17-2014 09:27 AM
    From: Katharine Schjodt
    Subject: travelers and chemo admin

    Hi all,

    What is your institution’s practice for travelers giving chemo?  Are they allowed if APHON certified?

    Thank you!

    Katharine Schjodt
    Omaha, NE
    United States