Per Diem Nurse - Pediatric Chemo Infusion

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Washington, DC

About the Job

About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital:

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.


MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.


General Summary of Position:

The professional nurse is responsible for providing comprehensive care in an ambulatory setting for patients in Pediatric Hematology Oncology. The key tasks and responsibilities include assessment of physical and psychosocial needs, patient education, and the administration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and blood products. The nurse develops a plan of care, evaluates the patient's response to interventions and implements appropriate changes. The nurse also assists in symptom management, coordinates internal and external resources, triages unexpected patient visits and facilitates communication between all members of the health care team. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Georgetown University Hospital’s philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.



  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing R.N.; B.S.N. preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 5 years experience in oncology; ambulatory care experience preferred.
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Current D.C. licensure as a Registered Nurse; Oncology Certification preferred.
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Chemotherapy certification strongly preferred; excellent phlebotomy skills.
  • Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Performs initial and ongoing assessment of a designated patient population’s physical, psychosocial and educational needs.  Identifies goals, develops a plan of care, and evaluates the patient’s response to interventions.   
  2. Provides the patient and family/significant other with information (oral, written, or audio-visual) regarding diagnosis, treatment, potential side effects, symptom management, and resources available within and outside MGUH.  This may be face-to-face or via the phone.
  3. Administration of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and blood products according to policy and procedure.  Obtains blood samples from Central Venous Access devices according to policy and procedure.
  4. Provides psychosocial support to patient/family/significant other throughout their care experience.  The nurse identifies and coordinates resources for the patient i.e. Psycho-oncology Program, counseling services, support groups.
  5. Supports biomedical research at the Lombardi Cancer Research Center through specimen collection, patient education, and continuous review of current research and new technologies.
  6. The nurse contributes to his/her own professional growth and development through attendance at national and/or regional conferences, reading and sharing current literature, and identifying knowledge or skill needs.
  7. Triages patients who "walk-in" to the outpatient department. Identifies and prioritizes needs, initiates appropriate treatment(s), and communicates with the clinical fellow and Attending Physician.
  8. Exemplifies Guest and Staff Relations standards in all activities.
  9. Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.