Staff Nurse, Float

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101 Columbian Street, Weymouth, MA 02188


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Onsite:Up to 1 day remote/wk


Provides direct patient care to patients being treated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's satellite locations in the Southern area (e.g. Weymouth and Brighton). The satellite cross coverage RN will be assigned to a satellite location on a time limited basis based on business needs including but not limited to staff vacancy, leaves of absences or patient volume. Requires extensive travel and the ability to quickly assimilate to new environments and foster team relationships at each site. The satellite cross coverage nurse's responsibilities include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for a complex patient population. Provides patient and family education and psychosocial and emotional support. Provides staffing support across the DFCI satellite practices and is a member of each multidisciplinary care team. Effective communication and collaboration is required with physicians, co-workers and staff at the satellite practices, DFCI, host hospital, and other collaborating institutions and agencies. Requires travel and schedule flexibility along with clinical expertise, critical thinking, collaborative practice, excellent communication skills and an understanding of the principles and practices of clinical research. The Mission, Vision and Core values of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are incorporated into all areas of practice. Requires travel to DFCI satellite locations. Reports to Nurse Director, Satellite.

This position is 36 hours/week.

Position is eligible for mileage reimbursement based on policy, and also eligible for a float pay premium. 

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


  • Delivers expert, evidence-based nursing care to patients and families.
  1. Implements nursing process:
  • Assesses patient and family needs.
  • Analyzes assessment data to develop and support clinically accurate diagnoses.
  • Plans care by establishing goals with measurable outcomes.
  • Implements the plan of care.
  • Evaluates the patient's response to interventions.
  • Documents care according to Institute and regulatory agencies' requirements.
  • Administers medications, which may include chemotherapy, and performs procedures safely and efficiently in accordance with Institute policy. May administer blood transfusions.
  • Evaluates educational and psychological needs of patient and family, and incorporates identified needs into the plan of care.
  • Educates patient and family regarding various aspects and treatment modalities of disease, which may include chemotherapy and radiation therapy. 
  • Recognizes and responds to emergency situations appropriately. Maintains BLS certification.
  • Identifies appropriate community resources to promote continuity of care, and makes appropriate referrals.
  • Complies with accepted standards of professional nursing practice, as well as with all licensure/registration requirements applicable to the nursing role.
  • Adapts to site specific policies, procedures and processes, communicates variations to Senior Nurse Director.
  • Establishes rapport with patients and families from a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
    1. Interacts with patients and families in a caring and compassionate manner respecting the need for privacy and confidentiality.
    2. Develops approaches to problem solving which meet the individual needs of the patients and families.
    3. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age-specific care and support to the populations served.
    4. Fosters an environment that is sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, and age.
    5. Quickly builds relationships with patients across settings, supports the role of primary nurses..
  • Manages the environment of patient care.
    1. Monitors the environment of care with attention to patient safety, and assures compliance with regulatory agency standards
    2. Complies with Institute, Nursing and Patient Care Services, and unit policies, procedures, work rules and standards of conduct.
    3. Adheres to the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2001) in all aspects of professional practice.
  • Contributes to the formulation and achievement of goals on the units, within the Division of Nursing and Patient Care Services, and the Institute.
    1. Assists in defining goals and developing systems and work processes for the units, the Division of Nursing and the Institute.
    2. Participates in program-based and divisional committees, councils, and initiatives.
    3. Demonstrates flexibility in setting and changing priorities. Accepts additional responsibilities as needed. 
    4. Participates in QA/QI projects for the units and the Division of Nursing and Patient Care Services.
    5. Supports research activities within the units, Division of Nursing and Patient Care Services, and the Institute.
  • Works collaboratively and functions as an effective member of the health care team.
    1. Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with peers and co-workers. Effectively addresses and manages conflicts.
    2. Demonstrates effectiveness as a contributing member to the multidisciplinary health care team.
    3. Delegates as appropriate, and supervises assistive personnel in their provision of patient care.
    4. Collaborates with all satellite physicians, staff and primary nurses in coordinating flow and sharing care of patients in the infusion areas.
  • Seeks opportunities to foster professional growth.
    1. Identifies areas for professional growth. Formulates professional goals, objectives and methods for accomplishing these.
    2. Attends inservices, workshops and seminars. Shares information gained with colleagues.
    3. Facilitates professional growth of self and others by acting as a preceptor and mentor for new staff.
    4. Collaborates in preparing professional reports, articles and presentations for colleagues and the public. 
    5. Meets all annual evaluation requirements and competencies within the established time period.
    6. Pursues active membership in local and national professional organizations.


    At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong.  As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff.  Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

    • Licensed as a registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Baccalaureate degree required; baccalaureate degree in nursing preferred
    • Minimum of 1 year (or equivalent) of nursing experience, outpatient oncology and IV experience preferred.
    • Certification in Oncology Nursing preferred - OCN, AOCN, CPON
    • Must have a valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation to travel to and from the satellite locations.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
    • Demonstrated skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and ability to make independent decisions.
    • Ability to function in a busy work setting with patients with complex needs.

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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