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Nursing: Cancer and Hematology Care

Compassionate care for patients with cancer and blood disorders

It takes special nurses to work in oncology, a field which is highly challenging and equally rewarding. Our cancer nurses share sorrow, hope and joy with their patients at all stages of their care.

The best place for cancer treatment is the best place for oncology nurses. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the region's only NCI-designated Cancer Center and one of only 69 in the nation. NCI designation means our patients have greater access to clinical trials using the newest drugs and therapies closer to home. We treat the most complex cases with the most advanced approaches. We offer the hope we may one day cure cancer.

Cancer Nurses: In Our Words

Meghan Mitchell shares her cancer nurse story
 

Meghan Mitchell, RN
Inpatient Cancer Units

Meghan shares why The University of Kansas Health System is a great place for nurses and how team work and caring for patients keeps her coming back every day. Read more.

Inpatient care

Inpatient cancer care and surgery services are provided at our main campus, at 39th Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kan. Inpatient oncology nurses build strong relationships of trust and affection with patients – many of whom are in their care for weeks or even months – as well as with their families. The University of Kansas Health System has 3 units dedicated to inpatient oncology care.

  • Unit 41: Blood and Marrow Transplant
  • This 20-bed protective-environment unit cares for patients in our nationally accredited Blood and Marrow Transplant program. Patients on this unit experience longer stays during their preparative chemotherapy regimens, transplant processes and post-transplant care. These patients often experience prolonged neutropenia and require complex nursing care to ensure optimal outcomes. Nurses are responsible for primary care of stem cell transplant patients including administration of preparative chemotherapy regimens, infusion of stem cell transplants and administration of supportive intravenous and blood product therapies during the engraftment period.

  • Unit 42
  • This 29-bed unit specializes in the treatment of malignant hematology patients. Newly diagnosed cancer patients receive the latest treatment options available. Patients receive multiagent chemotherapy, blood products, antifungals, antibiotics and antivirals. Three of the rooms on this unit are dedicated to palliative care.

  • Unit 45
  • This 20-bed unit specializes in treating oncology patients who require chemotherapy as well as symptom management. Newly diagnosed cancer patients receive the latest treatment options available. Patients receive multiagent chemotherapy, blood products, antifungals, antibiotics and antivirals. This unit contains one palliative care room.

Ask Gina!

Gina Salazar 

Senior recruiter Gina Salazar works closely with nurse managers on all units. Send your questions to, "Ask Gina," to find out more about working as an oncology nurse at our hospital.

Outpatient Cancer Care

Nurse practitioners have advanced education and training. They work with physicians and see patients independently to help with problems that arise during and after treatment.

What is different about being a nurse at The University of Kansas Health System?

We hire highly competent and committed staff. We also value compassion. We support our staff and encourage them to learn and grow, and we are strongly devoted to providing the best care for our patients.

  • As an NCI-designated Cancer Center, we participate in clinical trials and are using treatments at the forefront of cancer research. Other hospitals send their cancer patients to us.
  • As an academic medical center, we are a destination for complex care and diagnosis. We offer more options for patients with serious conditions because of our expertise and leadership in medical research and education. We use evidence-based practice, and our nurses are active participants in the plan of care.
  • Nurses at our health system are highly respected members of the care team. They are leaders and decision makers, respected for their knowledge and expertise. Our nurses are trusted partners who work closely with physicians and other team members to provide the best care and the most advanced treatments.
We are an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, ancestry, age (40 or older), disability, veteran status or genetic information.