Make Every Day Matter
Memorial Sloan Kettering is a Magnet®-designated facility, with more than 3,800 nurses, 500 nurse practitioners, more than 40 clinical nurse specialists, and over 25 nurse educators. Nursing excellence is a hallmark of our success, making it a great place to start and grow your nursing career.
As a leader in quality and groundbreaking cancer care, MSK has a mission to provide compassionate, evidence-based nursing care to patients and families in a healing and innovative environment.
We’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.
Acute Care Services provides comprehensive inpatient services for adult and geriatric oncology patients. Patients are admitted to the acute care setting for postoperative surgical management, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and symptom management. The inpatient units are organized by Disease Management Teams.
With more than 600 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) employed at MSK, it is vital that we stay connected! Advance Practice Providers, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, collaborate with physicians and other health professionals to develop and enact a plan of care.
APPs perform histories and physical examinations, order and evaluate testing and imaging, make diagnoses, and prescribe pharmacologic and other interventions. APPs are members of numerous teams across MSK, providing continuity and excellence in patient care.
Outpatient nursing services are delivered through a disease management approach to provide continuity of care for patients who require multimodality plans of care and treatment. Patient care is delivered in various facilities depending on the specific cancer type and the patient's treatment plan. The types of service provided include, but are not limited to, assessment, physical examinations, consultations, follow-up visits, cancer screening, chemo/biotherapy administration, blood and blood product administration, radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, patient and family teaching, vascular access care, supportive care, nutrition consults, psychological evaluation, and social work support.
Registered nurses are responsible for coordinating various elements of care for MSK patients, both as inpatients and in the community setting.
They use resources and services in the best way possible to support patient care. RN case managers assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of patients and identify what resources are needed to achieve this goal. They work together with patients and their families, and an interdisciplinary team of doctors, clinical nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and rehabilitation therapists to achieve the level of care needed by each MSK patient.
The care plan for each patient is reviewed, services are coordinated, and referrals are made for home-care services, as well as placements and transfers to rehabilitation and long-term-care facilities.
A registered nurse with an advanced degree in clinical nursing and expertise in a specialized area of nursing practice, a CNS may specialize based on the practice setting, the patient population, a particular disease or treatment, or a defined clinical problem. Our CNSs also serve as consultants, educators, researchers, and administrative leaders.
We run one of the world’s largest clinical cancer research programs, with patients and researchers typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at any given time. Clinical Trials Nurses (CTNs) integrate their expertise into the care of clinical trial participants, ensuring compliance with protocol procedures, assessments, and symptom management. Most importantly, the CTN acts as a patient advocate, ensuring adherence to ethical practices during the conduct of clinical trials to protect the rights and well-being of patients and the collection and reporting of quality data.
The Critical Care and Pediatric Nursing Services are designed to meet the needs of adult and pediatric patients who require specialized nursing care, such as urgent care, critical care, advanced care, telemetry, pediatrics, dialysis, diabetes, and wound treatment.
The Nursing Informatics team consists of a manager of nursing systems, experienced master’s-level nurses, and systems analysts who support and maintain the vital information systems used by MSK nurses and other clinicians in the delivery of patient care. The team collaborates with nurses at all levels and in all settings to identify information needs and determine the most useful, user-friendly methods for the utilization and display of data. We manage and direct comprehensive and highly complex nursing informatics projects.
Our recently graduated nurses are supported from the start of their career at MSK through our UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program. This evidence-based program is designed to help our nurses, after they begin employment at MSK to achieve proficiency in their profession and gain clinical autonomy at the point of patient care. Nurses 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 also helps nurses formulate individual development plans for career advancement while further strengthening their dedication to nursing as a career choice.
In 2018, our graduate RN Residency Program achieved Accreditation with Distinction. This is the highest level of accreditation bestowed by the ANCC.
New Grad Nurses begin their career working within various services, including Acute Care, Pediatrics, Peri-operative Services, and Ambulatory Care.
To explore New Grad RN opportunities at MSK, Please join our Talent Community – and select “Nursing New Graduates and Students”
You can then create a profile and upload your resume to our database. A representative from Nurse Recruitment will contact you directly if there is an opportunity to interview.
Quality and patient safety are the responsibility of all members of the Department of Nursing. Plan implementation is delegated by the CNO to the Deputy CNO. The Quality Management Program is supported by a Director, Nurse Leader, Quality Management Nurses, a Senior Systems Analyst, and a Data Assistant. This team supports program coordination and evaluation of nurse sensitive indicators and performance improvement initiatives.
MSK provides comprehensive care for patients undergoing diagnostic, interventional, and surgical procedures during the pre-, intra-, and postoperative and procedural phases of care. The perioperative service provides invasive and interventional procedures and pre- and postprocedure and surgical care of the patient for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. Direct care is provided in our state-of-the-art facilities, including 42 operating rooms using the latest innovative technology and techniques.
Radiation oncology nurses at MSK care for patients throughout various stages of radiation treatment and therapy.
While nurses do not provide radiation therapy (radiation specialists deliver the radiation), the nursing team plays a critical role in assessing, prepping and following up with patients before and after treatment. This includes providing patient and family education, assisting with symptom management and scheduling other testing, if needed.
While some patients do receive radiation therapy in inpatient settings, most of our radiation oncology nurses work in outpatient centers. They work directly with physicians and radiation therapists to provide the comprehensive, life-saving and palliative care that MSK has become known for.
“As a CNS, one can influence practice from the micro level (patient) to the macro level (system wide). It is the only advance practice role where you can provide direct patient care at 9 am then lead an organizational evidence base project at a 2 pm meeting.”
“I value the connection I make with patients through direct care that allows me to be a resource of support and education. I also appreciate the daily support I receive from the doctors and nursing staff I work with.”
“Patients experience normal feelings of anxiety and fear prior to undergoing a surgical procedure. The challenge of building rapport and establishing trust with the patient and serving as their primary advocate during surgery continues to be a highly rewarding experience at MSK.”
Learning and Development
At MSK, you’ll be actively encouraged to find new ways to grow and learn throughout your career. We make this possible through our Learning and Organizational Development Department, which offers world-class resources, specialist training, and development opportunities for employees at all stages of their careers, as well as many programs designed specifically for our nurses.
The Nursing Career Advancement and Recognition of Excellence (N-CARE) Program encompasses the mission and vision of the Department of Nursing. The components of the N-CARE Program support our professional practice model of relationship-based care (RBC). Consistent with the tenets of RBC, N-CARE acknowledges the role of the professional nurse and supports lifelong learning and professional growth. N-CARE empowers staff to engage in decision-making that impacts their practice and work environment and fosters professional responsibility, integrity, accountability, and resourcefulness. The N-CARE review board is responsible for administering a centralized, peer-reviewed promotional approval process, which ensures that the requirements and process for promotion are administered fairly and with consistency.
The Mentoring@MSK program was developed for and by nurses, and provides a formal, evidence-based mentoring program for all nurses. Nurses can use this resource to assist in meeting their professional development goals and in building relationships across the organization.
The Nurse Residency Program was developed to assist recent nursing school graduates in developing effective decision-making abilities related to clinical judgment and performance. It provides nurses with the hands-on assistance they need to gain proficiency in their profession and clinical autonomy at the point of patient care. The program teaches nurses how to incorporate research-based evidence into their practices to advance safe, high-quality nursing care. It strengthens their commitment to nursing as a career choice.