Staff Nurse – Oncology - UPMC

Staff Nurse – Oncology

Please send letter of application along with an up-to-date CV to Aoife Power, HR Generalist, UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Cork Road, Waterford, or by email to

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 4 September 2020.

Staff Nurse – Oncology

UPMC Whitfield Hospital, Waterford
Reports to: Director of Nursing

Ensure the provision of quality patient care, whilst maximising efficiency in accordance with the Hospital’s policies and procedures and demonstrate that he or she can perform their duties according to the UPMC Core Values.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The oncology staff nurse will have a strong patient focus whereby the speciality defines itself as nursing and subscribes to the overall purpose, functions and ethical standards of nursing and midwifery.
  • The clinical practice role may be divided into direct and indirect care. Direct care comprises the assessment, planning, delivery, and evaluation of care to the patient, family, and/or carer. Indirect care relates to the activities that influence and support the provision of direct care.
Direct Care
  • Provide a specialist nursing service for patients with a diagnosis of cancer who require support and treatment through the continuum of care.
  • Undertake comprehensive patient assessment to include physical, psychological, social, and spiritual elements of care using best evidence-based practice in cancer care.
  • Use the outcomes of patient assessment to develop and implement plans of care in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and the patient, family, and/or carer as appropriate.
  • Monitor and evaluate the patient’s response to treatment and amend the plan of care accordingly in conjunction with the MDT and patient, family, and/or carer as appropriate.
  • Make alterations in the management of patient’s condition in collaboration with the MDT and the patient in line with agreed pathways and policies, procedures, protocols, and guidelines.
  • Accept appropriate referrals from MDT colleagues.
  • Co-ordinate investigations, treatment therapies, and patient follow-up.
  • Communicate with patients, family, and/or carer as appropriate, to access patient’s needs and provide relevant support, information, education, advice, and counselling as required or make referrals to relevant MDT colleagues for supplementary care where required.
  • Where appropriate work collaboratively with MDT colleagues across primary and secondary care to provide a seamless service delivery to the patient, family, and/or carer as appropriate.
  • Participate in medication reconciliation taking cognisance of poly pharmacy and support medical and pharmacy staff with medication reviews and medication management.
  • Identify and promote specific symptom management strategies as we as the identification of triggers which may cause exacerbation of symptoms. Provide patients with appropriate self-management strategies and escalation pathways.
  • Manage nurse-led clinics with MDT input.
  • Identify health promotion priorities for the patient, family, and/or carer and support patient self-care in line with best evidence. This will include the provision of educational and health promotion material, which is comprehensive, easy to understand, and meets patient needs.
Indirect Care
  • Identify and agree appropriate referral pathways for patients with cancer.
  • Participate in case review with MDT colleagues.
  • Use a case management approach to patients with complex needs in collaboration with MDT in both primary and secondary care as appropriate.
  • Take a pro-active role in the formulation and provision of evidence-based policies, procedures and guidelines relating to cancer care.
  • Take a lead role in ensuring the service for patients with cancer is in line with best practice guidelines.
  • Communicate, negotiate, and represent patient’s family and/or carer values and decisions in relation to their condition in collaboration with MDT colleagues in both primary and secondary care as appropriate.
  • Develop and support the concept of advocacy, particularly in relation to patient participation in decision making, thereby enabling informed choice of treatment options.
  • Respect and maintain the privacy, dignity, and confidentiality of the patient, family, and/or carer.
  • Establish, maintain, and improve procedures for collaboration and cooperation between acute service, primary care, and voluntary organisations as appropriate.
  • Maintain clinical competence in patient management within cancer nursing, keeping up to date with relevant research to ensure the implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Provide the patient, family, and/or carer with appropriate information and other supportive interventions to increase their knowledge, skill, and confidence in managing their cancer condition.
  • Provide mentorship and preceptorship for UPMC colleagues as appropriate.
  • Participate in training programmes for nursing, MDT colleagues, and key stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Be responsible for addressing own continuing professional development needs.
Quality and Audit
  • Identify, initiate, and conduct nursing and MDT audit and research projects relevant to the area of practice.
  • Identify, critically analyse, disseminate, and integrate best evidence relating to cancer care into practice.
  • Contribute to nursing research on all aspects of cancer care.
  • Use the outcomes of audit to improve service provision.
  • Contribute to service planning and budgetary processes using audit data and specialist knowledge.
  • Monitor, access, utilise, and disseminate current relevant research to advise and ensure the provision of informed evidence-based practice.
  • Participate and lead as required in clinical audit and research activity within the field, promoting a positive attitude towards the implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Undertake research and clinical audit as necessary, critically analyse and provide written reports of the same.
  • Participate in local audits in preparation for annual accreditation.
  • Work closely with the Quality and Patient Safety team, ensuring the department is meeting accreditation standards at all times.
Health and Safety
  • To uphold UPMC Whitfield Hospital’s policy requirements in relation to Fire, Infection Control, and Health and Safety at work regulations and to attend updates.
  • Identify potential risks for all staff, patients, and visitors and adhere to relevant incident reporting procedures.
  • To observe a general duty of care for the health, safety, and well-being of self, work colleagues, visitors, and patients within the hospital, in addition to any specific risk management associated with this post.
Professional and Educational
  • Generate and contribute to the development of clinical standards and guidelines and support implementation.
  • Use specialist knowledge to support and enhance generalist nursing practice.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with MDT colleagues as appropriate, developing person centred care pathways to promote the integrated of model of care delivery.
  • Attend integrated care planning meetings as required.
  • Where appropriate develop and maintain relationships with specialist services in voluntary organisations which support patients in the community.
  • Liaise with other health service providers in the development and the on-going delivery of care.

Education Requirements

Eligible Criteria

The Post holder must hold the following to fulfill the requirements of this post:

  • Be Registered General Nurse with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Hold an Oncology Qualification.
  • Have three years post registration experience in an acute setting with at least one year in an oncology setting.
  • Competent in the administration of prescribed cytotoxic chemotherapy to oncology patients via Cannula, PICC, or portacath.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.

This job description is intended to be an outline of the areas of responsibility. As the needs of UPMC Whitfield Hospital and the post holder develop, this job description may be subject to review in light of the changing needs of the Centre.

Excellent remuneration package available to the successful applicant.

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