Oncology nursing is a unique specialty that requires specific knowledge of the biological and psychosocial dimensions of cancer and its effects on individuals and families. At Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey nurses serve as critical members of the multidisciplinary healthcare teams providing exceptional care to our patients. They serve in direct patient care, clinical research, patient education, nursing education, and advanced practice roles.
The practice of nursing at Rutgers Cancer Institute emanates from the most current evidence and standards of oncology nursing practice. These standards are based on core values that include a scientific basis for practice, knowledgeable caring, integrity, innovation and creativity, professionalism and leadership.
As an academic medical center and an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our nurses are provided with an opportunity to participate in local, national and international meetings throughout the year. They are regular presenters at the Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress and share their knowledge and best practices with colleagues around the globe.
There are several types of nurses at Rutgers Cancer Institute. These include oncology treatment nurses, advanced practice nurses, research nurse clinicians, oncology nurse navigators, and oncology education specialists.
Dorothy Pierce, DNP, NP-C, CRN spoke with ONSVoice about new treatments in radiation oncology and the upcoming therapies that all nurses should be aware of. Read more
Srigowri Kota, MSN, BA, RN, OCN was published in Oncology Nursing News discussing Cancer Prevention: Why, Who, When, Where, How. Read more
Dorothy Pierce, DNP, NP-C, CRN also presented at ONS Bridge on “The Trajectory of Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Patients.” Learn more
Carla Schaefer, MSN, RN, OCN, CENP, DNP (right), earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Leadership, with her project focusing on health literacy. Read more
Jennifer Hadjar, MSN, RN, OCN, director of the pediatric hematology and oncology unit at Rutgers Cancer Institute, joins Stephanie Jardine, BSN, RN, oncology clinical specialist at ONS, to discuss innovative training tools, strategies, and resources for oncology nurse staff education on Episode 160 of the Oncology Nursing Podcast. #ONSPodcast @oncologynursing Listen here
Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer for Oncology Services at RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been selected by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as a 2021 Fellow. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Read more
Evolving needs and changing trends in the clinical and research arenas create a dynamic environment where continuing nursing education and training are essential to ensure the ongoing competency of nurses. At Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, oncology nursing education specialists have developed an easily accessible education and training resource to support the development, maintenance and enhancement of competent, patient centered, evidence-based practice and its translation to exemplary patient care. Read more here
Rutgers Cancer Institute offers a wide variety of opportunities for nurses. Read more about the different positions below.
Click to enlarge the images below to view educational posters from our events.
Mastering the Precepting Role in the Oncology Ambulatory Care Setting — Are You Ready for the Challenge?
The Implementation of a Surgical Site Wound Assessment Tool (SSWAT) for use by Telehealth Nurses in an Ambulatory Care Cancer Center
Impact of an Electronic Health Record to Advancing Nurse Navigation Using Standardized Metrics in a Healthcare System
Integrative nursing is a way of being-knowing-doing that advances the health and wellbeing of persons, families, and communities through caring/healing relationships. Integrative nurses use evidence to inform traditional and emerging interventions that support whole person/whole systems healing. - Mary S. Koithan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, FAAN
From Our Patients
"...these amazing Nurses and PCTs. They always smile, very polite, humble, quick on their feet, great with IV sticks, listen attentively. They will always make a little bit of time to treat their patients like a human being and not just a number.” - Ursa
“Such a great dedicated group of nurses <3” – Maryellen
“The Oncology Nurses are awesome.” – Debra
“So grateful for every oncology nurse at CINJ. I have been going there for 3 years and every one is awesome.” – Danielle
"Will always be grateful for the nursing staff who were such a help to me at CINJ." - Mary
“Best nurses :)” - Bushra