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.
Carolyn Hayes, PhD, speaks with 101.5 Listen here
In this episode of “The Vitals,” Sri Kota, MSN, BA, RN, OCN, reflects on nurse-specific takeaways from SABCS 2021, exciting changes in the breast cancer space, and the importance of patient education in the face of new regimens. Listen here
As biosimilars continue to be approved for cancer-specific agents, the role of the oncology nurse in implementing and educating patients about their use becomes more pronounced, according to Kellie Zeichner, RN, BSN, OCN. Read more
Dorothy N. Pierce, DNP, NP-C, CRN, CBCN, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, highlights the role of advanced practice nurses (APNs) in providing supportive care for patients experiencing radiation proctitis. 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