The Inpatient Oncology Unit at Saint Francis Hospital offers a multidisciplinary approach to provide high-quality, patient-focused care. The team is comprised of a variety of people who actively participate in patient care.
The clinical manager is a nurse responsible for the inpatient nursing unit. The manager supervises the activities and the personnel on the Oncology Unit (7 West). The clinical manager performs stem cell reinfusions, as well as is a chemotherapy provider.
Clinical Resource Nurse
The clinical resource nurse serves as a resource for the oncology specialty throughout the health system. He or she works with patients during their initial diagnosis, providing education on the diagnosis and chemotherapy. The clinical resource nurse also provides education to the oncology and BMT staff, as well as cares for patients at the bedside. The clinical resource nurse performs stem cell collections and reinfusions, as well as is a chemotherapy provider.
The clinical pharmacist is responsible for ensuring safe use of medications. This individual supervises the medication profile patients receive during the transplant process.
The social worker is available to help patients and their families in many ways. They work with the patient and plan preadmission and admission to the program, are available to assist with financial concerns and housing concerns, as well as provide patient support and counseling. The social worker also completes a psychosocial evaluation before treatment begins.
Patient Care Technicians
The technicians assist the nurses with patient care. They tend to basic needs such as vital signs, weights, meals and hygiene.
The physical therapist evaluates physical strength and a patient's normal activity pattern. They then design an exercise program to help maintain muscle strength and flexibility. An exercise specialist sees the patient daily while hospitalized.
Recreational therapists promote wellness and quality of life. During a patient's initial visit the therapist discusses leisure interests and plans an appropriate activity schedule around those interests for the hospital stay.
The registered dietitians (RD) provide quality care built on evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and protocols and clinical judgment skills. The RD provides nutrition assessment; determines the nutrition diagnosis; determines and implements a nutrition intervention; and subsequently monitors nutrition and evaluates the patient’s progress. RDs also work directly with individuals at risk for or diagnosed with any type of malignancy or pre-malignant conditions. RDs provide tips for managing nutrition impact symptoms caused by side effects of cancer treatment and to improve nutritional status.
The chaplain is available to offer spiritual comfort, encouragement and support. Some of the issues that the chaplain may assist with include contacting a patient's church and clergy, providing prayer, spiritual reading and simply being there to listen.
Certifications and Memberships:
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Oncology Nurses Society Chemotherapy Provider
Oncology Nurse Society Member
Bone Marrow Transplant Trained