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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

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Nursing
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Surgery 195100
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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Patient Assessment

Provides quality patient care in relation to patient’s prescribed diagnosis, treatment, age group, development, and other identified needs. Assesses health status by performing the medical history, episodic physical examination, and psychosocial assessment. Reports findings and test results to physicians. Monitors laboratory, clinical radiographic and procedural data. Reviews the findings of the history and physical, pertinent laboratory data, radiographic data, plan for further diagnosis and therapeutic management with the physician.

 
Intervention/Evaluation

Prevents, minimizes, and manages symptoms/toxicities/health abnormalities related to disease or treatment in collaboration with physician and other allied personnel. Evaluates patient’s response to treatment and health care provided and modifies care as needed (under supervision of physician if medical acts are required). Coordinates activities, including writing orders and requesting consultations from other health team members, to meet patient’s multiple needs and requests. Provides emergency triage and renders emergency medical service pending the arrival of a physician. Identifies and manages patient’s crises until physician assistance is available. If eligible, write prescriptions as needed. Writes or dictates patient letters, patient notes (history and physical notes, progress notes, telephone notes, consultation notes, and discharge summaries). Orders diagnostic studies such as laboratory work, x-rays, PET scans, CT scans, and MRI scans as directed by physician. Provides psychological support to patients and families. Provides health care throughout the disease process: diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, palliative, terminal care, and prevention of cancer and/or complications. Facilitates use of institutional resource. Facilitates communication between patient/family and interdisciplinary team and coordinates services related to patient care. Schedules consultations, diagnostic test or procedures, future appointments for patients in coordination with the attending physician. Participates in Gynecology/Radiation Interdisciplinary Team Conference. Assists with data retrieval and entry of patient data.

 
Performance of Diagnostic/Therapeutic Procedures

Undergoes training of specific medical procedures at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center by a physician. Demonstrates competency of specific procedure under the direct supervision of a physician leading to privileging to perform the procedure. Performs medical procedures to include: removal of staples/sutures, opening and care of wounds, removal of vaginal packing and drains, removal of catheters.  Performs pelvic exams, pap smears, and cervical/vaginal/vulvar/endometrial biopsies. Administers drugs as needed - intravenous, intra-arterial, and intraperitoneal. Obtains blood from venous and central accesses. May remove and/or assist with the removal of radium sources and intracavitary systems.

 
Education

Provides health education to the patient and his/her family (management of side effects, etc.) as well as participates in formal and informal instruction of nursing students, professional nurses and other health professionals. Promote positive health behaviors and self-care skills through education and counseling. Refers patient to appropriate resource per the assessment and evaluation. Builds and maintains a therapeutic team to provide optimum therapy/care. Demonstrates advanced knowledge in gynecologic oncology and care of surgical patient. Assists in development of educational material for use by staff. Keeps current by attending continuing education programs related to the clinical area, participating in professional nursing organizations, communicating advances in nursing practice or health care in general in writing through publications and presentation of scientific papers. Serves as a resource person in the orientation process and ongoing fellowship and residency program.

 
Research

Contributes to research efforts of Department/Section and applies pertinent research to clinical practice. Identifies clinical problems amenable to research methods. Initiates or collaborates in research projects.

Serves as a research person by assisting with the implementation of registered departmental research protocols. Collaborates with the department in the development of new research protocols. Applies pertinent research to care of patients and to develop alternate plans of care. Attends departmental meetings pertinent to the APP.

 
Consultation

Provides consultation to colleagues and allied personnel outside and within MDACC. Collaborates with medical, nursing, and other disciplines regarding plan of care, follow-up and evaluation. Recommends therapeutic measure for relief of symptoms.

 
SALARY RANGE
Minimum: $90,000 – Midpoint: $112,500 – Maximum: $135,000

EDUCATION
Required: Master’s Degree in Nursing. May be waived for applicants who obtained recognition as an Advanced Practice Nurse from the Texas State Board of Nursing prior to 1/1/2003. Graduate education and related Texas Board of Nursing authorization must be consistent with clinical practice area and patient population.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION
Required: Written authorization from the Texas Board of Nursing to function as an Advanced Practice Nurse. MAY BE REQUIRED: Authorization for limited prescriptive authority by the Texas Board of Nursing.


It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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