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Veterinary Technician - Oncology

Oncology Technician/Nurse- Chicago Hospital 

Responsibilities:

Promote company vision, mission and core values. Plays a positive and active role in fostering team relationships, leads by example and communicates effectively. Must be flexible, cooperative, dependable, responsible, and have good time-management skills. This position requires you to be self motivated and be able to differentiate between major and minor issues as they relate to clients and patients. Candidate must be flexible to work a variety of shifts that may include nights, weekends and holidays. Experience is preferred.

At Premier Veterinary Group, an Oncology nurse is responsible for anticipating and meeting the needs of the Oncologist.  Sophisticated testing and equipment often aid in the diagnostic process, and it is the responsibility of the Oncology nurse to set up and assist with a variety of procedures.  An Oncology nurse must be familiar with a wide range of laboratory tests, and will be required to properly obtain, store and process lab samples.  Many procedures require sedation or general anesthesia, and an Oncology nurse may be asked to monitor very high risk anesthetic patients. Chemotherapy Administration is a large part of an Oncology nurse’s duties.

An Oncology nurse is a primary contact to the clients beginning with the initial triage/exam. An Oncology nurse prepares and presents estimates for procedures and chemotherapy, updates owners regarding patient status, and presents patient discharge information.  The Oncology nurse assists with medical record keeping, prepares invoices, manages laboratory results, and aids in patient scheduling. An Oncology nurse often acts as a liaison between the doctor and client and will assist with patient follow-up, client communication, and managing long-term and end of life care.

Key Functions:

  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Ultrasound, ultrasound guided FNA/Biopsies
  • Abdominocentesis, thoracocentesis
  • CT Imaging, contrast studies 
  • Bone marrow aspirates/biopsies
  • Proper animal restraint
  • Peripheral catheter placement and properly securing them
  • Venipuncture
  • Knowledge of various routes of drug administration
  • Calculation and administration of fluids and medications
  • Aseptic surgical area preparation
  • Monitoring and recording vital signs (TPR, SpO2, BP)
  • Basic in-house laboratory testing (CBC/Chem, Lytes, IStat, UA)
  • Maintain proper medical records

In addition to Key Functions:

  • Knowledge of proper staging protocols and procedures for typical oncology cases. 
  • Ability to palpate and identify peripheral lymph nodes, epidermal, dermal, and SQ masses.  
  • Understanding common treatment approaches for basic cancer types: approximate survival times, typical metastases sites, treatment options.
  • Knowledge of commonly used chemotherapeutics, administration requirements, considerations, dosage ranges, and their side effects.
  • Proper handling and administration of IV and oral chemotherapeutics, including proper handling utilizing a laminar flow hood/safety cabinet.
  • Proper handling and disposal of chemotherapy waste products and patient waste.
  • Ability to properly handle a chemotherapy spill.
  • Techniques for handling chemotherapy extravasations and treatment.
  • Provide client education on drug side effects, common toxicity, 1/2 life, nadir, and handling of animal waste while on chemotherapy.
  • Properly collect, handle and store lab samples. Knowledge of appropriate fasting, proper dosing, and correct timing, as well as proper submission of samples to outside laboratories.
  • Ability to perform microscopy for basic cytology and correctly identify basic cell differentials and cytological indications for malignancy.
  • Ability to perform all in-house laboratory testing (CBC, Chem, Lytes, IStat, UA, coag (PT/PTT, platelet count), manual blood differentials).
  • Implement anesthetic plans from preanesthesia until recovery, monitoring throughout.
  • Place or assist in placement and demonstrate proper use and maintenance of the following: NG tubes, NE tubes, esophagostomy tubes, PEG tubes, central line intravenous catheters, chest tubes, intranasal oxygen cannulas.
  • Ability to perform proper CPR. 
  • Ability to set up, obtain and evaluate normal/abnormal ECG readings, indirect arterial blood pressure measurements, patient ventilation, oxygenation, and acid/base status.
  • Proper patient record-keeping using accepted medical terminology.
  • Ability to multi-task while also being highly detail-oriented.  Prioritizing the workload is a necessity.
  • Good interpersonal skills in relating to co-workers and clients. Acts in a professional manner.
  • Highly motivated, takes initiative.
  • Ability to handle stressful and sensitive situations. 
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