Per Diem Registered Nurse – FitzPatrick Cancer Center

Per Diem

UVMHN – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

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Schedule: Per deim - clinic is currently only open weekdays

Per Diem

Location(s): Plattsburgh

Schedule: Per deim - clinic is currently only open weekdays

Location(s): Plattsburgh

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The Medical Oncology Registered Nurse is responsible for management of patient care related to cancer and/or hematologic diseases in the ambulatory care setting. Utilizing the nursing process the registered nurse assess, plans, implements and evaluates patient outcomes.  For oral chemotherapy specifically, the nurse utilizes the treatment plans established by the pharmacist and provider to monitor oral chemo prescription refills and contact the patient regularly to provide education as well as assess for compliance with the regimen and concerns or problems the patient may be encountering.  The nurse directs and guides the delivery of patient care, patient and family education, and all care related activities while maintaining standards of professional nursing.


Certification Requirements

Certification in oncology nursing desired.

Job Requirements

  1. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Currently licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State.
  3. Bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred.
  4. 2-3 years RN experience required.
  5. 1-2 years in oncology nursing preferred.
  6. IV Therapy experience desired.
  7. Knowledge of Oral Chemo Therapy Drugs preferred.
  8. Certification in oncology nursing desired.
  9. Excellent communication skills to collaborate with other health care professionals and patients.
  10. Requires sufficient sensitivity and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with extremely ill or apprehensive patients.
  11. Ability to meet with patients and families and provide an overall view of Oncology practices and services related to specific patients as a part of the new patient workflow.
  12. Ability to collaborate with team members to ensure patient received needed services (Social Worker, Dietician, etc.)

As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of the patients for which care is being provided.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Practices within the boundaries of the NYS Practice Act for Registered Professional Nurses and provides care according to Standards of Care and Practice (unit-specific).
  2. Initiates and individualized plan of care with patient/significant other involovement utilizing assessed biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and cultural needs as identified via database. Ensures the plan is communicated and carried out to meet stated outcomes.
  3. Reports changes in patient status to physician; documents observations and actions taken. Iniates nursing actions based on patient changes or needs.
  4. Modifies nursing care plan as required by changing patient needs determined by evaluation of patient outcomes and established standards of care.
  5. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary in implementation of: 1) blood transfusion protocol; 2) chemotherapy administration protocol; 3) medication administration policy; 4) venous access device protocol; 5) chemotherapy home infusion protocol; 6) pain management protocol; 7) oral chemotherapy protocol.
  6. Demonstrates knowledge and skill in providing comprehensive pain management and symptom management including symptoms of disease, side effects of the disease/treatments and psychosocial/supportive care assessment.
  7. Demonstrates knowledge of and assistance with patient related procedures such as brachytherapy, pelvic and pap smears, laryngoscopy, paracentesis, thoracentesis.
  8. Demonstrates competency and skill in venipuncture, as requested
  9. Participates in cancer related community education/support programs.
  10. Communicates professional guidance and support to identify patient needs/problems.
  11. Demonstrates the knowledge and skill to conduct telephone triage which provides expert assessment, professional guidance and support to identify patient’s/family’s needs/problems and to take appropriate action.
  12. Demonstrates the knowledge and ability to network with other disciplines to provide a multidisciplinary approach to care and support of cancer patients and their families, i.e.; nutritionist, clinical nurse specialist, social worker, physical therapist.
  13. Demonstrates the ability to initiate referrals to hospital based and community services to optimally meet cancer patients/families needs.
  14. Provides cancer specific patient/family education according to assessed needs, abilities, and readiness per teaching protocol.
  15. Utilizes documentation forms appropriately to communicate patient assessment response to intervention and understanding of instructions.
  16. Monitors Oral Chemo regimes, follow up by contacting patients at routine intervals to monitor treatment progress, refills prescriptions for patients on time and documents in the electronic medical records sytem and Oral Chemo Calendar.
  17. Reviews all new patient packets for missing documentation per guidelines, acts as 1st point of contact for all new patients by calling them and scheduling them a meeting, provides education and tour of center, communicates to appropriate team members new patient intake, adds new patients to new patient list on shared drive, communicates with navigators on specific patients, refers appropriate patients to social worker and/or dietician.
  18. Performs in a calm and professional manner in crisis and emergency situations.
  19. Knowledgeable regarding The Joint Commission Standards for Nursing Care and other applicable standards and demonstrates compliance.
  20. Demonstrates a working knowledge of Advance Directive practices.
  21. Demonstrates competency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  22. Demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of charge nurse as requested.
  23. Other duties as assigned.

About UVMHN – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

Trusted local care. A network of expertise.

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is part of The University of Vermont Health Network, a six-hospital network serving patients and their families in Northern New York and Vermont. While we have changed our name, our commitment to the community remains the same.

Our hospitals and physicians are bringing the best of community and academic medicine together as one, sharing their knowledge and resources to give you access to leading-edge technology, advanced treatment options and the highest level of compassionate care. All of this, closer to home.

The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) is part of a six-hospital network serving patients and their families in northern New York and Vermont. We’re not just caregivers and staff – we’re your friends and neighbors, offering expertise and compassionate care as close to home as possible. That’s what we call the heart and science of medicine.

Quick Facts About CVPH


  • 300 inpatient beds
  • All inpatient acute rooms are private
  • 34 skilled nursing residents in our Skilled Nursing Facility
  • An average of 25 admissions per day
  • Approximately 775 outpatients cared for daily


In the Community

Hospitals are just one part of the complete health care picture.  A truly healthy community has a multitude of entities working together to meet the needs of our customers and build healthier communities.

The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is a six-hospital system designed to offer highly integrated health care across the communities of Vermont and northern New York. The six hospitals in the network include The University of Vermont Medical Center (Burlington, Vermont), Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin, Vermont), Porter Medical Center (Middlebury, VT), Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (Plattsburgh, New York), Alice Hyde Medical Center (Malone, NY) Elizabethtown Community Hospital (Elizabethtown, New York) and Home Health & Hospice (Colchester, VT).

Adirondack Health Institute
Adirondack Health Institute expands regional collaboration among health care and social service providers serving the Adirondacks.  AHI’s goal is to help  members  and their communities navigate the ever changing health care industry through partnerships  and collaboration.

Adirondacks ACO
Adirondacks ACO is an accountable care organization working with Medicare  to make it easier for doctors and hospitals to work together to keep communities healthier and improve the quality of care.  A network of more than 450 participating primary and specialty clinicians coordinate health care for about 30,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, Washing and Northern  Saratoga counties of New York and Grande Isle and Chittenden counties of Vermont.

Adirondack Medical Home
The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot is a collaborative effort by health care providers and public and private insurers to transform the health care delivery system in this rural, upstate New York region.  This “medical home” isn’t a place; it’s a model for care that centers on the patient and increases the role of the primary care provider promoting a coordinated, team approach.

Clinton County Health Department
CVPH and the Clinton County Health Department have enjoyed a long partnership and shared responsibility of the health of the community.  Together with other agencies and stakeholders, CVPH the Health Department coordinated:

The Community Health Assessment (CHA)
The CHA identifies and prioritizes the health care challenges currently faced by Clinton County residents. The findings in this CHA are from a two year process of collecting and analyzing data and consulting with stakeholders throughout the community and the region. They are intended to help members of the community, especially healthcare providers, work together to provide best practice program and service interventions designed to improve the overall health and well being of all residents of Clinton County.

View Clinton County’s Community Health Assessment 2019-2021

Community Service Plan

The Community Service Plan for Clinton County is a three-year plan identifying health issues facing the community and defining a course of action to utilize existing programs and resources and for creating new initiatives to address them.

View Clinton County’s Community Service Plan 2019-2021.

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