Rheumatology Infusion Nurse
CHI St. Lukes Health
As a Rheumatology Infusion Nurse, I implement and perform a multitude of responsibilities.
Manage patients infusion schedules according to certain Biologic, patient diagnosis and insurance.
Ability to work autonomously and manage patient load effectively with a focus on patient needs.
Provide education for appropriate specialized infusion therapies to patients and caregivers
Adhere to Quality assessment and Improvement guidelines
Proficient in IV insertion
Monitor patients to ensure high quality care by assessing patient lab results
Determine if patients are meeting established goals and are compliant with biologic pre-assessments for drug administration. For example, obtaining lab results such as CBC, CMP, TB screening and recognizing infectious diseases prior to drug administration to patients with autoimmune disorders in order to prevent any adverse effects.
Implement and manage safe handling of medication including mixing, diluting, calculating weight based dosages and administration of infusion therapies. Examples of Biological agents given are Remicade, Orencia, Cimzia, Simponi Aria, Rituxin, Benlysta, and Actemra.
Proficient at managing and monitoring patients for potential side-effects specific to biological agents during infusions.
Monitor and calculate drug and supply usage and maintain appropriate inventory.
Obtain routine vital signs
Knowledge of NextGen software