Oncology

Nurses who value a culture where the patient and family benefit from a holistic model of care delivery find great satisfaction working at Indiana University Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care or on the Oncology Unit at IU Health Goshen Hospital. The Oncology RN directs care by incorporating all disciplines in the planning of individualized care that addresses any physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

Nurses are constantly challenged to learn new treatment modalities and advance their skills as new cancer treatments are introduced. RNs deliver care to patients who are often critically ill with multi-system issues. Evidence-based practice drives our resolve to enhance patient safety and outcomes. Innovative nursing practice is not only encouraged, but expected.

Certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation is promoted and encouraged, with over 50 percent of the current RN colleagues holding certifications. A yearly bonus is given to those who maintain their certification.

Patient Population Adolescent to elderly. Any patient with a cancer diagnosis is housed on the Oncology Unit. The patients may be receiving medical, surgical or radiological interventions for their diagnosis. The unit also houses inpatient hospice patients.
Unit Size 16 beds
Nurse-to-Patient Ratio 1: 3-4 on day shift; 1:4 on night shift
Rotations/Shifts 12-hour shifts
Skill Mix All RN, with one assistive personnel per shift
Orientation Individualized, dependent on previous experience. New graduates complete an orientation of eight to 12 weeks. Nurses with previous experience complete a modified orientation of six weeks. ONS-Approved Chemotherapy Certification classes provided after six to 12 months experience on unit.