Reply To: travelers and chemo admin

  • Sheila Tobin

    Member
    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

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

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    Katharine Schjodt
    Omaha, NE
    United States
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