Registered Nurses (RN)
A registered nurse has graduated with an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing and has passed a licensing examination. The nurses in the Hematology/Oncology/ Transplant service line at PCMC are also specially trained to work with children who have cancer or blood disorders. All nurses who administer chemotherapy have taken a class and passed a test from the national Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON) to assure that they are trained to safely give chemotherapy to children and adolescents.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)/Patient Care Tech (PCT)
A CNA or Tech has completed a certificate program and has passed a licensing exam to be a nurse extender. CNAs/PCTs can take vital signs, help with bath and linen changes, transport patients, stock supplies, and perform other duties to assist the nurse with patient care. Everything a CNA/PCT does is under the direction of the RN.
Case Manager/ Discharge Planner
A discharge planner is a nurse who coordinates and communicates with members of the complete care team, including you and home care services, to assure that you will have the supplies and support you need to care for your child at home. The service line has a designated Discharge Planner to assist with this process.
Care Coordinators are Registered Nurses who help manage the care of a specific group of patients. Examples of Coordinators include Leukemia/Lymphoma Coordinators, Brain Tumor Coordinators, Hemophilia Coordinators, and Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinators. The nurses work with the medical team, family, home care agencies, and other hospital departments to coordinate care. This may include items such as arranging hospital admissions, scheduling procedures or scans, and monitoring the progress of patients when at home.