• Theranostic NP/PA

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/23/2019 2:23 PM)
    Job ID
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    Under the supervision of the Nuclear Medicine Clinical Director, the Theranostic NP/PA will develop pathways and workflows to facilitate the treatment of oncologic conditions using unsealed radiation sources (e.g., 177Lu-dotatate (Lutathera®), Radium-223 dichloride (Xofigo®), clinical trial agents, etc.) and will be a vital liaison between the numerous departments and staff within each department involved in the care of patients undergoing theranostic procedures. The Theranostic NP/PA will be responsible for overseeing a coordinated workflow for scheduling radionuclide therapy consults, administration and interval nuclear medicine and oncology visits. The NP/PA will work closely with the medical staff to coordinate the collection of and review medical data during and after radionuclide therapy. This individual may screen patients for appropriateness for radionuclide therapy and obtain consent for therapy. The NP/PA will also be responsible for the education of staff regarding radionuclide therapy procedures to ensure they are knowledgeable and confident regarding the administration and toxicity management of radionuclide therapy. The NP/PA may also conduct patient interviews and evaluations with the medical staff to determine appropriateness for radionuclide therapy and to educate patients regarding radiation safety as it relates to the radionuclide therapy.






    1. Coordinate and streamline workflow for scheduling radionuclide therapy consults, therapy administration and interval nuclear medicine and oncology visits.
    2. Conduct patient visits to determine appropriateness for radionuclide therapy, to perform history and physical exams as it related to radionuclide therapy, and to educate patients regarding radiation safety as it relates to the radionuclide therapy.
    3. Conduct patient visits alone or in coordination with medical oncology during the intervals of receiving radionuclide therapy.
    4. Review baseline and interval laboratory evaluations to determine need to repeat any evaluations or proceed with treatment. Order repeat laboratory evaluations, if needed.
    5. Coordinate ancillary or supportive care during radionuclide administrations (e.g., additional fluids, electrolytes).
    6. Review patient medication lists for medications that interfere with radionuclide therapy. Communicate a need to stop or change a mediation to the referring physician.
    7. May assist on theranostic clinical trial activities.



    1. Ability to work as an effective member of an interprofessional team.
    2. Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
    3. Program or project development experience.
    4. Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    5. Ability to make independent decisions.
    6. Identifies personal, clinical and leadership strengths and areas for growth, formulating professional goals, objectives and methods for accomplishment.






    Yes – all ages.



    NP Qualifications:

    1. Authorization to practice in an expanded role as a Nurse Practitioner in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    2. Current certification from a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for Nurse Practitioners
    3. Minimum of 24 contact hours beyond generic education in pharmacotherapeutics
    4. Masters degree in Nursing
    5. Minimum of 1 year oncology nursing experience or 1 year Nurse Practitioner experience
    6. Oncology Nurse Practitioner experience preferred
    7. In possession of Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Federal DEA numbers
    8. Certification in Oncology Nursing preferred – OCN, AOCN, CPON


    PA Qualifications:

    1. NCCPA certified
    2. Graduate of AAPA/NCCPA accredited Physician Assistant Studies Program
    3. License as a Physician Assistant in Massachusetts
    4. Maintain current DEA and Massachusetts Controlled Substances Registration
    5. Complete 100 hours of CME according to national and stats regulations during each 2 years period of employment

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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