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Health Quest Systems, Inc. Registered Nurse in Poughkeepsie, New York

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practices locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit

Purpose: Applies an integration of theory, research, experience and practical knowledge in providing holistic care for patients with cancer and their families within maximum scope of practice through protocols, practice guidelines/care paths and medical directives

Essential Responsibilities

Direct Comprehensive Care

  • Conducts a thorough health assessment of the patient’s physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs by completing a patient history and physical examination

  • Formulates and implements a holistic plan of nursing care that is communicated and clarified with the patient/family.

  • Demonstrates “hands on” clinical skills specific to an area of practice and other job assignments as required.

  • Effectively manages telephone practice of patient/family and community healthcare professionals to navigate the healthcare system.

  • Documents/dictates patient history, physical examination data, nursing care plan and interventions, and the clients’ responses in the client’s record in a timely manner in accordance with the CNO Standards, and established organizational documentation standards.

    • Supportive Care
  • Provides holistic nursing care to meet the emotional, psychological, informational, spiritual and practical needs of patients throughout the spectrum of cancer care.

    • Navigating the System
  • Navigation is used to denote a professional role intended primarily to expedite access to services and resources, and to improve continuity and coordination of care throughout the cancer continuum. The oncology nurse acts as a proactive guide to help cancer patients navigate the complex maze of cancer treatment and care. The nurse empowers the patient and family by providing information and education to facilitate decision making in order to enhance the patient’s choice of the best alternatives of care tailored to their individual needs.

    • Professional Practice
  • Nurses are accountable for their own decision-making and actions, and maintaining competence to facilitate the best possible outcomes for patients.

  • Engages in self-appraisal by being proactive and innovative in meeting own learning needs based on patient population and changes in practice

  • Recognizes ethical dilemmas and works through them using resources and a logical approach

    • Collaborative Practice
  • In collaborative practice the oncology nurse and oncologist share in the care of the patient through a complementary relationship which is based on shared decision making and joint problem solving.

  • Utilizes strong communication and interpersonal skills to facilitate mutual agreement and acceptance of responsibilities within scope of practice, about shared care and distribution of activities.

  • Demonstrates the ability to prioritize and evaluate learning and development of the individual oncology nurse and oncologist to promote team function and the best possible outcome for the patient.

    • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
  • EBP is the conscientious use of current best evidence from health care research in making decisions about the health care of patients. The oncology nurse participates in evidence-based practice in order to facilitate the best possible outcomes for patients.

  • Demonstrates knowledge relevant to her/his professional practice by providing theoretical or scientific (physiological and/or psychosocial) rationale.

  • Applies her/his current knowledge base and critical thinking skills to comprehensively identify knowledge gaps and practice issues which demonstrates an understanding of and engagement in the following five steps of evidence-based practice:

  • Demonstrates an ability to formulate an answerable question, which is clinically relevant.

  • Evaluates effectiveness of intervention in attaining the desired patient outcomes.

  • Primary medical oncology experience preferred

  • ONCC certification preferred or achieved within 12 months of hire

  • ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider or obtained within 6 months of hire

  • Active NYS RN License

  • BSN preferred

  • Computer skills an asset

  • Maintain and Model REACH Values (Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Compassion, Honor)

  • Demonstrates regular, reliable and predictable attendance

  • Performs other duties as required

  • Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Primary medical oncology experience preferred

  • Computer skills an asset

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements:

  • MS Excel, Presentation skills

License, Registration, or Certification Requirements:

  • ONCC certification preferred or achieved within 24 months of hire

  • Active NYS RN License

  • Current ACLS/BLS certificate

  • Environmental Factors

Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Potential environmental exposures include, but are not limited to:

Bio-hazardous Waste
  • Blood Borne Pathogens. Job may require performance or tasks that involve potential for exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.

  • Chemicals/Commercial Products

  • Experiencing challenging conditions where a professional attitude will be required

  • Exposure to Latex

  • Fumes or Airborne Particles

  • Interacting with a Diverse population

  • Noise Level – Varies from Quiet to Very Loud

  • Patient Care/Handling Duties

  • Repetitive Motion

  • Required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.

  • Risk of Electrical Shock

Requisition #: 26891

Primary Shift: Day

Hours Per Week: 24.00

External Company Name: Health Quest Systems, Inc.

External Company URL:

Street: 45 Reade Place