Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. These three organizations have worked together to support their mission of world class adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education. Please join us and be part of making a difference in the lives of our patients, families, and community!
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Apheresis Registered Nurse (RN) performs cell collections and therapeutic apheresis procedures for adult and pediatric patients, related donors, and volunteer research subjects in three local inpatient and outpatient settings. This role provides patient centric care and is primarily responsible for nursing assessment and diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Apheresis Unit Profile
Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1
We are supported by two Medical Directors, a Professional Practice Coordinator, Research Coordinator, Medical Assistant, Program Coordinators and Assistants and the SCCA Cellular Therapy Division.
New hires are provided a comprehensive apheresis training program, including in-house bone marrow transplant and oncology courses, and are encouraged to attend apheresis-specific conferences.
SCCA Nurses have a say in our governance and make decisions collaboratively with our clinical partners.
Our Apheresis Nurses have over 220 years of combined apheresis experience!
Performs apheresis procedures for patients and donors at the main clinic location
Assesses patient/donor medical history and clinical condition for procedural concerns, risks and contraindications to apheresis.
Reviews donor health history questionnaires, justifications and other related documentation before collection, according to SOPs and regulatory guides
Educates patients, families, and caregivers on disease processes, treatment, side effects and symptom management
Monitors the patient / donor response to the procedure and make technical and medication changes appropriately
Communicates with medical provider teams and Apheresis Medical Directors to address potential and immediate clinical concerns
Coordinates with inter-disciplinary team to ensure continuity of care
Processes apheresis products, including labeling and delivery in compliance with regulatory documentation
Adheres to unit policies and procedures compliant with regulatory requirements documentation; follows FDA, FACT, CAP and other regulatory requirements and guidance
Accepts rotating on-call assignment for nights, weekends and holidays
Accepts rotating assignment for Charge Nurse: responsible for daily workflow management, staff assignments, scheduling changes, environmental safety and interfacing with other departments
Assist in policy and procedure development, review, revision and implementation
Integrates research and evidence based knowledge into clinical practice
Assesses physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and evaluates patients’ adaptation to health changes
Develops a plan of care based on patients’ disease, symptoms, and response to treatment
Refers patients, families and caregivers as appropriate to other clinical resources/professionals such as social work, home health care, clinical nutrition, etc.
Implements, evaluates and modifies plan of care
Current Washington State nursing license
Current BLS AHA Health Provider Card (or equivalent course, such as by the American Red Cross) and renewal required every two years
Apheresis cell collection and photopheresis experience with current instruments: CellEx and Optia
Critical thinking; the ability to practice the cognitive skills of analyzing, applying standards, discriminating, information seeking, logical reasoning, predicting, and transforming knowledge
Ability to develop clinical judgment
Time Management skills; the ability to organize and manage time and tasks independently
Ability to communicate effectively by looking and listening for cues, asking open-ended questions, exploring cues, using pauses, screening responses, and clarifying response.
Ability to effectively listen by using reflecting, acknowledging, summarizing, empathizing, and paraphrasing skill
Ability to effectively provide information by checking what information the person knows already, giving small amounts of information at a time, using clear terms and avoiding jargon, avoiding detail unless it is requested, checking for understanding, and pausing and waiting for a response.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Two years of nursing experience – oncology, critical care, dialysis and ECMO experience a plus
Excellent venipuncture skills and experience with central venous access devices
Able to move (push / pull / carry) required equipment
Basic computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills
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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.