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.
Advanced Practice Providers
We have more than 600 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), and each is vital. APPs perform histories and physical examinations, order and evaluate testing and imaging, make diagnoses, and prescribe pharmacologic and other interventions. APP, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, collaborate with physicians and other health professionals to develop and enact a plan of care.
Our APPs are members of numerous teams across MSK, providing continuity and excellence in patient care. Learn more about Advanced Practice Providers.
Ambulatory provides outpatient nursing services through a disease management approach to provide continuity of care for patients who require multimodality care and treatment plans.
Patient care is delivered in various facilities depending on the cancer type and treatment plan. This team provides a wide range of services such as physical examinations, consultations, 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 coordinate various elements of care for patients, both as inpatients and in the community setting. The case management team uses 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 provide excellent care for every patient at MSK.
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
As 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.
Clinical Trials Nursing (CTN)
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 clinical trials, protecting the rights and wellbeing of patients, and the collection and reporting of quality data.
Critical Care & Pediatrics
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 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.
New Graduate Nurses
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 to achieve proficiency in their profession and gain clinical autonomy at the point of patient care after they start work.
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, join our Talent Community – and select “Nursing New Graduates and Students.”
Nursing Quality Management
Quality and patient safety are the responsibility of all members of the Department of Nursing. The Nursing 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.
Perioperative offers comprehensive care for patients undergoing diagnostic, interventional, and surgical procedures during the pre-, intra-, and postoperative and procedural phases of care. The perioperative team provides invasive and interventional procedures and pre and post-procedures and surgical care of the patient for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. Our state-of-the-art facilities provide direct care, including 42 operating rooms using the latest innovative technology and techniques.
Our radiation oncology nurses care for patients throughout various stages of radiation treatment and therapy. While they don’t provide radiation therapy, 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 as needed.
While some patients 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.