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POST DATE 8/27/2016
END DATE 11/19/2016

Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH) Boston, MA

Boston, MA
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Job Classification
Full Time
Job Type
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Associates Degree



The staff nurse is a licensed registered nurse who is responsible for assuring competent, compassionate, individualized, nursing care for specific patients and families, including delegation to and supervision of non-professional clinical and support staff.

The principal responsibility and focus for the infusion staff nurse is to provide direct patient care and management of unique and highly specialized patients from a variety of specialties, including but not limited to, the initial nursing evaluation, patient education, and infusion.

The staff nurse is responsible and accountable for the overall nursing care management of a designated group of patients. She/he collaborates with the Nurse Manager and members of the Patient Care Team to achieve optimal patient outcomes. She/he also collaborates with the patient toward meeting the needs and expectations of the patient and family. Staff nurses ensure that care is safe, efficient, effective, and timely and meets the cultural, spiritual, and ethnic needs of each patient and family.

Provides competent, compassionate patient- and family-centered nursing care based on scientific principles and the use of the nursing process and interdisciplinary teamwork.

* Provides and maintains a calm and therapeutic environment for patients, families and co-workers.

* Appropriately utilizes all available nursing resources efficiently to facilitate optimal patient care, and to fulfill daily assignments and projects

* Articulates the professional nursing role to the patient, family and health team members.

* Identifies, plans and implements nursing interventions. Facilitates, and evaluates outcomes of nursing care for an individual patient or group of patients.

* Knows and adheres to safety precaution techniques for Universal Precautions per Regulatory Standards, as well as hand hygiene protocols.

* Coordinates, performs, and tracks non-oncology chemotherapy infusions according to ONS guidelines.

* Coordinates and performs Peripheral IV insertion, blood draws and care of Central Venous Access Devices

* Coordinates involvement of the patient, family and health team members in patient care, including patient/family education, teaching and discharge planning.

* Documents relevant patient data / information.

* Communicates the plan of care and other pertinent information to/from other health care team members. Promotes continuity of care through effective hand-offs.

* Helps define standards of excellence for patient care, participates in improvement of patient care services in a cost-effective way.

* Performs specific functions as described in the unit Scope of Service.

* Provides care appropriate to age group of patients on assigned unit(s) as described in relevant unit Scope of Service.

Participates in, and contributes to, performance improvement activities.

* Assists with daily referrals

* Assist in triage of medical urgencies/emergencies

* Integrates the six aims of performance improvement into care delivery:

* Safety no needless death, injury, pain or suffering for patients or staff.

* Effectiveness care and service will be based on best evidence, informed by patient values and preferences.

* Patient Centeredness all care and service will honor the individual patients their values, choices, culture, social context and specific needs.

* Timeliness waste no ones time, no unnecessary waiting.

* Efficiency removes all unnecessary processes or steps in a process, streamline all activities.

* Equity all care and service will be fair and equitable the system will treat all patients equally.

* Exhibits compliance with regulatory and quality and safety requirements.

Collaborates with other professionals and directs support staff and nonprofessional nursing personnel in maintaining recognized standards.

* Teaches and directs all nonprofessional nursing personnel for whom she/he is responsible.

* Participates in orientation of new permanent and temporary staff members.

* Appropriately utilizes nursing resources.

* Interprets hospital and departmental policies and procedures to nurses and other health team members.

Participates in daily operational activities necessary for safe patient/staff environment.

* Provides input to the Nurse Manager regarding unit demands, concerns, issues and needs.

* Utilizes resources efficiently to facilitate optimal patient care.

* Participates in unit and departmental committees for formulation of nursing and hospital policies and procedures.

Professional Development:

* Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current nursing education practices.

* Within the framework of the nursing Scope of Service (NPM 5.0 Guidelines-Patient Care: Statement of Accountability and Scope of Practice) and The Clinical Recognition Program (See guidelines,, collaborates with nurse manager / nursing director / clinical nurse specialist / nursing practice specialist to identify his/her level of practice and with clinical leadership, identifies appropriate learning experiences to enhance their professional development.

* Adheres to Department of Nursing requirements for required training.

* Identifies specific learning needs and goals and develops a plan to meet them.

* Contributes to relevant committees, professional meetings, continuing educational and/or formal academic programs.


* IV therapy skills required

* Excellent customer service capabilities required

* Ability to work well under pressure

* Ability to work with patients and staff of diverse educational and ethnic backgrounds required

* Excellent communication skills when working with peers and patients

* Ability to prioritize and respond to competing demands with complex patient population

* Ability to consistently provide care and be a integral member of the care team


* Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

* Specialty certification preferred.


* Bachelors degree in Nursing or Associate's degree in Nursing with relevant significant experience, New graduates must have a BSN degree.

* Graduation must be from an accredited nursing program.


* Previous directly related experience with IV Therapy required. Previous general nursing or critical care experience preferred.


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* The adult non-oncology ambulatory infusion suite will have 2 locations (Boston and Waltham).

* This role may require some rotation between the 2 locations.


Currently the unit is open Mon-Fri 7am- 5pm, typical shifts are 10 hours (i.e. 7am-5:30pm), there is the potential for 12 hours shifts (i.e 7am-7pm) and weekend/holiday rotation in the future

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.