Nurse Specialist (Hematology/Oncology)
The Defense Health Agency, National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR-MD) is the future of Military Medicine- a partnership in World Class Medical Healthcare. The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Dilorenzo Clinic and the Joint Pathology Center, provide world class medical services to the nation's service members and their families.
About the Position: This Nurse Specialist (Hematology/Oncology) position is located within a busy infusion center in the Directorate of Medicine at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.
Patients are receiving chemotherapy, biotherapy, blood products and research patients on clinical trials. The work environment involves everyday exposure to infections, and/or other harmful chemotherapy and radiation agents, hazardous materials, etc. Specific safety and infection control measures may be required including protective clothing (e.g., gowns, gloves, masks, hats, shoe covers, and goggles). Exposure to radiation agents is possible, but uncommon, however, exposure to cytotoxic agents is very common and may be an everyday exposure.
Experience with research patients on clinical trials is preferred.
Who May Apply: US Citizens
- Not Required
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Degree: Degree or diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant. (NOTE: You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts).
Registration: Applicants must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. An applicant who has graduated from an approved nursing educational program within the past 12 months may be appointed pending State registration as a professional nurse within 6 months of appointment. No person appointed pending registration may be retained beyond 6 months, or promoted, if registration has not been attained. (Note: Registration must be attached in your application package to be considered for this position).
Experience required: In addition to the above education and registration requirements, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience includes: providing nursing care to hematology/oncology patients during many phases of their diagnosis, including end of life and palliative care; providing patient education on adverse drug interactions and/or life threatening disease process progression; providing biotherapies; administering medications and/or infusions (i.e. chemotherapy, blood products, antibiotics, etc.). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.
Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Tier 3 (T3) security clearance.
- This position requires the incumbent to have tuberculosis testing.
- This position has mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination requirements and is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations unless otherwise exempted for medical or religious reasons.
- This position requires you to satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical examination.
- This position is covered by the Department of Defense Civilian Employee Drug-Free Workplace Program as a testing designated position (TDP).
- This position requires the incumbent to fulfill credentialing requirements and obtain and maintain appropriate/relevant clinical privileges.
- This position may require the incumbent to work on any day or shift, including PMs, nights, weekends, holidays, or on an "on call" basis, necessary to meet mission requirements.
- This position has been designated as Mission Essential and the incumbent must assume essential personnel status during inclement weather/emergencies.
- This position requires that you obtain and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
As a Nurse Specialist (Hematology/Oncology) at the GS-12 level, you will be providing nursing care to eligible beneficiaries. Incumbent applies a wide range of professional nursing theories, principles, and procedures in providing care to hematology and/or oncology patients. Plans, provides, oversees, administers, and documents professional patient care, in accordance with nursing standards of practice and established policies/procedures. Utilizes the comprehensive nursing process to participate and provide input into patient treatment plans for hematology and/or oncology patients. Identifies, documents, and implements nursing care, appropriate to patient care problems. Serves as a multidisciplinary, hematology/oncology team member in providing comprehensive nursing care to hematology/oncology patients. Plans, delegates, and directs nursing care, in accordance with patient care requirements and staff skill levels. Administer medications, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and blood products. Aid in the needs of hematology/oncology patients and their families. Provide education, support, and counseling on oncology diseases and effects of chemotherapy medication.