Nurse Practitioner-Medical Oncology

 Oncology Nurse Practitioner


Position Status:                                   Exempt

General Statement of Duties:             Works within a collaborative model to provide quality care and to improve patient outcomes by strengthening continuity of care in all settings for cancer patients, families and staff.

Supervision Received:                        Reports directly to Chief Clinical Officer

Supervision Exercised:                        None

Typical Physical Demands:                 Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Requires standing and walking for extensive periods of time. Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 100 lbs. Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range. Requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours. Requires exposure to communicable diseases or bodily fluids.

Typical Working Conditions:              Frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a clinic environment.

Examples of CLINICAL Duties: (This list is not all inclusive)

  1. Perform      and document comprehensive medical and psychosocial health histories and      examinations.
  2. Gathers      data, conducts initial history and physical examination, and formulates      and implements treatment plans in collaboration with physician.
  3. Orders      and interprets diagnostic studies related to the patient’s plan of care      and response to treatment.
  4. Provides      follow-up care on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
  5. Initiates      consultation with specialists as indicated.
  6. Recognizes      oncology-related problems and initiates interventions.
  7. Identifies      treatment-related toxicities and initiates interventions.
  8. Demonstrates      expertise in symptom management.
  9. Assesses      ill patients and develops plan of care in collaboration with MD
  10. Monitors      and adjusts patient medications and treatments according to protocols.
  11. Diagnoses      and treats common oncology associated illnesses.
  12. Manages      telephone calls related to emergency situations, symptom management, and psychosocial      and family concerns.
  13. Provides      continuity of care across settings (hospital, home, home health, skilled      nursing, hospice and rehabilitation).
  14. Supervises      chemotherapy administration in office setting.
  15. Collaborates      with physician and chemotherapy infusion nurse to schedule and administer      chemotherapy.
  16. Writes      chemotherapy orders and evaluates protocols in collaboration with      physician.
  17. Provides      psychosocial counseling and support to patients and families and makes      referrals to social work or community agencies as necessary.
  18. Performs      various procedures: bone marrow biopsy and aspirate, removal of picc,      administration of intrathecal chemotherapy.
  19. Evaluates      effectiveness of integrative therapies and their use in complementing      medical treatment.
  20. Demonstrates      knowledge of cancer risk factors, diagnoses, disease processes, and      treatment options.
  21. Evaluates      patient intervention outcomes.
  22. Provides      Genetic Pretest Counseling
  23. Coordinates      discharge plans, follow up, home health, and outpatient prescriptions.
  24. Assists      with hospital rounds and management of hospitalized patients.
  25. Participates      in daily huddles/conferences with team to facilitate communication and      coordination of care.
  26. Provide      survivorship care to patients who have completed chemotherapy

Education Responsibilities:


  1. Provides information on disease,      treatment, health promotion, and disease prevention to patients and      families.
  2. Educate professional staff through      consultations and presentations.
  3. Evaluates patient, nursing and community      educational programs and materials and act as a resource.
  4. Participate in multidisciplinary      committees.
  5. Educate patients and caregivers on      disease process and chemotherapy

Research Responsibilities:

  1. Demonstrate      knowledge of the research process.
  2. Collaborate      with investigators, protocol nurses, and physicians to support and promote      research.
  3. Recruits      patients for clinical trials.
  4. Reviews,      disseminates, and incorporates research findings into clinical practice.


  1. Graduate      of a school of nursing.
  2. Graduate      of an approved Nurse Practitioner Program (MS preferred)
  3. Authorized      to Issue prescriptions pursuant to Section 6902 (3) (b) of the Education      Law having completed instruction satisfactory to the department in New      York State and Federal laws and regulations relating to prescriptions and      record keeping and in accordance with the practice agreement and practice      protocols.


Five years professional nursing experience in a hospital or clinic setting with 1-2 years in a nurse practitioner role or 1-2 years in an Oncology Nurse Practitioner role.


Possession of a NY State Registered Nurse license. ANCC or ANA certification and NYS Nurse Practitioner Certification.