Nurse Practitioner for Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)

The Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner (NP) for the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) team. The position will be employed through University Pediatricians, the medical practice plan for Wayne State University’s Department of Pediatrics, and in affiliation with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. University Pediatricians offers a competitive salary and benefit compensation plan. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is located in the charming area of Midtown Detroit.

The NP is an integral member of the BMT team. The BMT team consists of 5 physicians, 2 nurse practitioners, a nurse coordinator, outpatient clinic nurse, quality manager and other interdisciplinary support staff. He/she is an autonomous practitioner, in collaboration with a physician, caring for both inpatient and outpatient BMT patients. The NP is accountable for making clinical judgments using independent and interdependent decision-making skills for patients undergoing autologous, allogeneic and umbilical cord blood transplantation.

The NP utilizes his/her skills as an advanced practice nurse to care for patients across the care continuum. Currently, there are 2 NP positions that alternate inpatient and outpatient care. In collaboration with the physician, the NP has direct responsibility for the management of the medically complex BMT patients. These responsibilities include documentation in EMR, placing medical orders, consulting with other specialties, and interpreting appropriate diagnostic laboratory tests. While caring for the inpatients, the NP should or will develop an understanding of the BMT process, including types of BMT, chemotherapy administration and its side effects, complications related to BMT, and other acute complications. While caring for the outpatients, the NP should or will develop and understanding of care of the BMT patient post transplant, including complications related to BMT, re-immunization, late effects to therapy and collaboration of care with both medical and psychosocial disciplines.

The nurse practitioner also functions as a consultant, educator, researcher, resource and role model for patients, families, the community and other health care providers. The nurse practitioner evaluates the quality of care rendered; analyzes and promotes system changes to enhance quality of care and organizational effectiveness/efficiency; conducts/utilizes research to promote health and improve health care delivery; serves as integral member of team for FACT accreditation. The nurse practitioner assumes responsibility for his/her own professional development. Appropriate privileges are required to prescribe pharmacological and medical interventions.

Job Requirements

  • Works autonomously and in collaboration with a physician.
  • Obtains and documents patient medical history; performs physical examinations; orders, evaluates and monitors medical and laboratory diagnostic tests and treatment plans.
  • Prepares, develops and initiates treatment plan in consultation with attending physician including determination of need for consultation of other specialists.
  • Educates and counsels patient and family members on condition, treatment plan, desired outcomes, expectations and other related areas across the care continuum.
  • Participates actively with other members of interdisciplinary team in weekly team meeting and in twice weekly meeting with Karmanos Cancer Center.
  • Educates nursing staff on inpatient, outpatient, ICU units regarding care of BMT patients.
  • Serves and participates in quality management programs including analyzing data quality measures, FACT accreditation, and submission of data to CIBMTR.
  • Registered nurse licensure to practice in the state of Michigan.
  • State of Michigan nurse specialty certification as a nurse practitioner.
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner, will consider Family nurse practitioner with prior Hematology Oncology or BMT experience

Preferred Requirements

  • 2-5 years experience as an RN or 1-2 years as an NP is desired; however, willing to train.
  • Pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Blood and Marrow Transplant experience as an RN or NP
  • Hematology Oncology or critical care experience desired
  • APHON certification