Medical Oncology Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020 
  • Nurse to PT Ratio
    1:4 Medical Stepdown
    1:1-4 Chemotherapy
    1:5 General Medical
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Certifications Available

The Medical Oncology Unit is an inpatient oncology and medical stepdown unit. The Unit brings patients with cancer together with specialized nursing care. This allows nurses to care for patients with a newly diagnosed cancer, active cancer diagnosis, or patients with a history of cancer. The nurses are specially trained through the Oncology Nursing Society to have the knowledge and experience in caring for patients experiencing the complex problems that can be associated with cancer. The nurses also obtain a chemotherapy administration certification through the Oncology Nursing Society: Cancer Basics Course Fundamentals of Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy Administration Course.

This Unit has a unique patient room for patients receiving end of life treatments. This patient room is attached to a fully equipped suite for the families. This allows a comfortable place for the families to be closer to their loved one.

The Unit also has a medical stepdown component. The medical stepdown patient population requires a higher level of care and more nursing assessments. Many of these patients are on medications for an irregular heart rhythm. There is also a specialized training course for caring for this patient population.

The nurses who work on this unit exhibit exceptional teamwork. The team is very supportive of each other and promotes an environment conductive to learning.

Nurses are encouraged to participate in unit-based and system-wide quality improvement programs using a shared governance model with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.