Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) is a nationally-prominent leader in quality, groundbreaking cancer care, and is a Magnet® designated facility recognized for excellence in nursing.
Our highly skilled nursing team of almost 3,000 includes over 300 nurse practitioners, nearly 40 clinical nurse specialists and more than a dozen nurse educators. Each of us is dedicated to delivering excellence in the art and science of professional nursing, consistent with our Mission, Vision and Values:
MSK Nursing Mission
We provide compassionate, evidence-based nursing care to patients and families living with cancer in a healing and innovative environment
MSK Nursing Vision
We strive for excellence and leadership in patient care, education and research, as evidenced by our designation as a Magnet® status facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
MSK Nursing Values
Advocacy, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Innovation, Integrity and Stewardship
Our organization regularly surveys direct care nurses to measure workplace satisfaction, in order to ensure that we are providing the best possible environment for the delivery of exceptional patient care. The results of our most recent satisfaction survey indicated that:
- Our nurses are proud of the care given here at MSK.
- MSK direct care nurses enjoy their work more than nurses from other hospitals.
- MSK nurses express a high degree of satisfaction with RN-to-RN Interactions, RN-to-MD Interactions, Professional Status, Pay, and Professional Development.
We invite you join us as we continue to advance the nursing profession, the science of medicine and the future of cancer care.
Almost everything we do clinically – from new initiatives to well-established practices – not only involves our nursing team but also depends on the level of nursing excellence that is a hallmark of our success at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). This holds true whatever the activity and wherever it occurs: in surgical or other procedure suites, in Manhattan or the regional sites, on the inpatient units or in ambulatory clinics, in clinical care or clinical research, for active treatment or post-treatment follow-up.
Acute Care nurses staff nine inpatient units (organized by disease site) that require proficiency in the complex medical and surgical management of patients with a particular oncologic disease. This approach fosters a close bond among nurses, patients and families, while also supporting our strong primary care nursing model.
MSK provides comprehensive outpatient care services for adolescent, adult, and geriatric oncology patients. Some Ambulatory nurses collaboratively manage patients within busy office practices, while others administer outpatient chemotherapy and support patients receiving radiation treatment. The Ambulatory team also includes Nurse Practitioners who staff cancer-screening centers and employee health and wellness services, and Clinical Research Nurses who facilitate, monitor, and support patients enrolled in clinical trials.
This division includes ICU, the Surgical Acute Care Unit, Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit, Inpatient Pediatric and Pediatric Observation Units, a Pediatric Day Hospital, and an Urgent Care Center. We focus on managing our patients’ complex non-oncologic co-morbidities, with an emphasis on early intervention. Our nurses also demonstrate expertise in sub-specialized and age-appropriate care for our pediatric patients, and support the entire family unit during their cancer diagnosis and treatment experience.
Our Nursing Informatics team manages a variety of clinical nursing system projects such as: eMAR with bar code point of care; clinical device integration into clinical documentation; integration of clinical information systems; critical alarm management; RTLS; and more. This includes working with nursing clinical analysts and senior systems analysts on all aspects of project planning, budgeting and deployment – from readiness assessment and planning through vendor selection, to completion of implementation and on-going improvement.
NP Clinical Program
MSK supports the specialized, evidence-based practices of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners. Our Advanced Practice Nurses actively participate in the delivery of patient care, within a continuously evolving care delivery system that serves patients of all ages. Nurse Practitioners may see patients autonomously or may collaborate as team members. Nurses who qualify for this program possess a master’s degree, national certification, and demonstrated clinical competency in the complexities of oncology patient care.
Perioperative Services staff members provide comprehensive nursing care for patients undergoing diagnostic, interventional, and surgical procedures during the pre-, intra-, and post-operative/procedural phases of care. Working in this area gives you exposure to innovative image-guided surgical and radiological technologies that offer our patients the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical options.
Our Regional Network allows patients to access the same quality of care closer to their homes on Long Island and in New Jersey and Westchester. Nurses at these sites support busy medical, surgical and radiation practices; administer chemotherapy treatments; and assist with radiation treatments and diagnostic radiology tests.
Professional Growth & Development
Our nurses are proven leaders in patient care, education, and research. We are respected for our accomplishments, valued for our relationships, and sought after for multidisciplinary collaboration opportunities throughout the organization. Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) has created the Nursing Career Advancement and Recognition of Excellence (N-CARE©) program to support professional growth and development in a number of ways.
Nursing Career Ladder
The MSK Nursing Career Ladder rewards and recognizes nurses who develop specific areas of expertise within their nursing practice; demonstrate leadership as role models and teachers; and are engaged in performance improvement initiatives. A task force is in place to support the further development of the Nursing Career Ladder into a four-tiered structure that offers differentiated career pathways.
Nurses seeking growth and advancement opportunities will be evaluated by their peers and other measures such as continuing formal education and increased participation in councils and evidence-based projects. Future plans include offering incentives to MSK nurses to achieve advanced degrees and nationally recognized certifications.
In addition to the Nursing Career Ladder, you will also have the opportunity to participate in professional development programs that:
- Inform you of exciting advancements in the understanding of cancer
- Train you in how to administer new preventive, therapeutic and supportive treatments
- Develop your ability to integrate novel technologies into clinical care
Professional support divisions also exist to advance your knowledge and involvement in high-visibility initiatives, such as:
Center for Evidence-Based Practice & Research
This program allows nurses to participate on practice councils and leverage the authority to set professional practice and performance standards. Research mentoring is also provided to nurses interested in gaining the skills required to conduct research projects as the principal investigator.
Our Quality Management program is vital because it ensures the ongoing delivery of safe, high-quality patient care by measuring and tracking nursing sensitive quality indicators against internal and external benchmarks.
We officially launched our Magnet® journey and are currently preparing our documents for submission to the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our nurses consistently demonstrate excellence in patient care delivery, and achieving this recognition will serve to strengthen our already high level of pride, satisfaction and work commitment.
Nurse Residency Program
This program has been designed to assist new graduate nurses with the hands-on assistance needed to achieve proficiency in their profession and gain clinical autonomy at the point of patient care. Nurses will develop effective decision-making abilities related to clinical judgment and performance, and learn how to incorporate research-based evidence into their practice to advance safe, high-quality nursing care.
The Nurse Residency Program will also help nurses formulate individual development plans for career progression, while further strengthening their dedication to nursing as a career choice. Newly licensed RNs with the willingness to make a one-year commitment to the residency program are encouraged to explore this opportunity.
Continuing Nursing Education
MSK is committed to improving the quality of care for cancer patients through education of the professional nursing community. We are the primary training provider of the National Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) Cancer Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Program in New York City. The program offers a comprehensive review of the knowledge needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy.
As the world’s oldest and largest privately operated cancer center, MSK has been providing the highest levels of exceptional patient care, innovative research and outstanding education for more than 130 years. Our nursing staff, a family of nearly 3,000 professionals, is equally world-class.
In December, 2015, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) formally recognized the quality and impact of our staff and facilities, bestowing Magnet® status to MSK.
Magnet® status recognition is a prestigious honor, achieved and sustained only by elite hospitals nationwide. MSK is proud of the thousands of individuals whose talents ensure the success of our shared mission, and even more so to be a place where today’s top nursing talent chooses to apply their passion, compassion and skills.