Reply To: Hem/Onc Nurse requirements

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    May 13, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    How do you handle the yearly check offs? What is your process? Skills labs/sign ups? Several times/year?



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, CPHON

    NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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    For ambulatory:


    Specific requirements:  New hires-oncology experience preferred but not required.  In order to administer chemo, they must have current chemo/bio certification.  They also initially complete a chemo administration class (internal) and a skills check-off  before administering independently regardless of certification. 


    BM transplant class (this does not preclude caring for a BMT in ambulatory)

    Annual BMT education (content changes annually based on learning needs and/or new practices and modalities)


    We have a list of skill check offs and reviews that our hospital completes annually.  Amongst those on the list that are particularly pertinent for hem/onc include :

    ·         CLABSI prevention:  mediport access, central line dressing change, line entry, cap change along with a series of questions for discussion

    ·         Chemo/bio safe handling including PPE

    ·         Chemotherapy administration



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