Chemo Infusion Jobs in IL
Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses anti-cancer drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy is often given with a curative intent, or it may be used to prolong life or to reduce symptoms.
Chemotherapy by infusion is often delivered through an intravenous needle or catheter inserted into a vein in the arm or chest. Patients also might receive medications or treatments, such as hydration, via infusion.
Infusion nurses have a great deal of responsibility in ensuring safe, quality care. They collaborate with physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists to ensure the vascular access device and treatment used are best suited to the patient’s needs.
The infusion nurse must be knowledgeable in oncology/hematology diseases and in the hundreds of regimens employed to treat these diseases. As new drugs are FDA approved almost weekly, the infusion nurse must be an eager learner able to safely administer these drugs, and be aware of potential infusion reactions and side effects.
The infusion room nurse should be a certified provider educating patients about their disease, the drugs they are prescribed, the side-effects of their drugs and when they need to contact their provider.