Onco Emergency Nurses
An oncologic emergency may be defined as any acute potentially morbid or life-threatening event directly or indirectly related to a patient’s tumor or its treatment. We take a team approach to oncology emergencies and our emergency department nurses represent a critical component of the care team. They have received special training in oncological emergencies for high quality clinical care to patients. Oncologists, emergency medicine physicians, emergency nurses and oncology nurses work together under one roof to deliver emergency treatment for all oncology related emergencies.
Onco Emergency nurses provide rapid assessment and treatment to patients in the initial phase of illness or oncological emergencies and often in life-threatening situations. They are specialized in assessing, intervening and stabilizing a patient with decisive action.
Roles of Onco Emergency Nurse includes:-
In addition to general nursing care, responsibilities of Onco Emergency Nurses include (but are not limited to):
- Provide direct and individualized nursing care to patients based on the application of scientific nursing principles.
- Collects current symptoms, as well as a detailed patient history and then consults and coordinates with health care team members to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans.
- Performs triage, while considering both physical and psychosocial elements
- Manages basic life support or advanced cardiac life support needs and stabilizes patients until the attending physician is available, based upon nursing standards and protocol
- Initiates corrective action whenever information from monitoring equipment shows adverse symptomatology
- Records patients’ current vital signs
- Works directly under physicians, assisting them during exams, diagnostic testing and treatments
- Prepares and administers and records prescribed medications.
- Reports adverse reactions to medications or treatments in accordance with the policy regarding the administration of medications.
- Cleaning and dressing wounds.
- Provides basic, bedside care
- Maintains proper supplies and appropriate medical equipment to care for patients
- Teaches patients and significant others how to manage their illness or symptoms, by explaining: post-treatment home care needs, diet/nutrition/exercise programs, self-administration of medication and rehabilitation, as well as provides referrals to other healthcare professionals for follow up treatment
- Displays professionalism while completing multiple urgent tasks in a timely manner
Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms