Clinical Nurse, Outpatient - Head & Neck Center

Most new patients who come to MD Anderson every year are treated in one of our specialized cancer care centers or clinics, which embody the multidisciplinary, team approach to cancer care that has become an MD Anderson trademark. Treating cancers that occur in the tiny spaces of the head and neck region require extraordinary skill to achieve the best possible outcome. MD Anderson's Head and Neck Center has a remarkable depth of expertise gained by seeing more than 50,000 patients a year with cancers and benign tumors of the head and neck. We treat head and neck cancers with a diverse team of oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-radiologists, dental oncologists and plastic surgeons with special training in head and neck cancers. Together, they design customized treatment plans that may include proton therapy, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, targeted therapies and advanced reconstructive surgery methods.

The ideal candidate will be a licensed RN, with a minimum of two years of nursing experience in an acute care setting. Head & Neck oncology experience will be a plus.

Essential Functions:
  • Assesses patient needs utilizing clinical skills and visual, aural and analytical abilities
  • Provides for and manages the patient care needs for the Head and Neck patient population
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team in the care and coordination of patient care needs
  • Works with the patient care team to ensure efficient and effective use of resources
  • Integrates knowledge of age-specific needs, principles of oncology practice, institutional goals and standards and nursing professional standards in the provision of patient care
  • Demonstrates clinical competency in providing care
  • Retrieves and input information into computer system
  • Assures continuity of care through appropriate education, discharge planning and services coordination
  • Serves as a patient advocate while upholding patient rights
  • Effectively function in related roles as required; i.e. charge nurse, preceptor

Transformational Leadership: Clinical Nurse must lead others (co-workers, patients, families, significant others) to where they need to be in order to meet the demands of their future care needs. Organizes and prioritizes work of the patient care team which include but is not limited to administration of chemotherapy/biotherapy agents, pump connects /disconnects, administration of antibiotic therapy, administration of IV fluids, rapid response to chemotherapy reactions/ emergencies, IV starts, etc.

Structural Empowerment : Clinical Nurse is empowered to problem solve in order to meet organizational and unit goals and achieve desired outcomes.
Exemplary Professional Practice : Clinical Nurse has a comprehensive understanding of the role of professional nursing in the institution that is demonstrated in the relationships with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members.
New Knowledge, Innovation, and Improvements : Clinical Nurse is responsible for the integration of innovation and research based findings into daily patient care practices.
Empirical Quality Results : Clinical Nurse seeks solutions to problems inherent in our institution rather than creating work around.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed within critical time frames and under stressful situations.

Lift, bend and reach overhead to provide support and assist patients

Frequent use of computer keyboard and monitor; walk within building and move heavy equipment as needed

Increased exposure to infectious diseases, radiation and carcinogens


Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.


All clinical nurses with less than one year of registered nurse (RN) work experience will be required to participate in the Clinical Nurse Residency Program.

Preferred experience: Two years of nursing experience in an acute care setting. Head & Neck oncology experience will be a plus.


Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN). Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. Advanced Cardiac Life Support(ACLS) certification if working in the following department: ASC Post Anesthesia (600761). Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) if working in the following departments: ASC Post Anesthesia (600761) or Pedi - Child & Adolescent Center (113200).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 142415
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and eligible for additional compensation for hours worked beyond your usual schedule, paid at a time and a half rate
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Hard
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 65,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 87,500
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 110,000
  • Science Jobs: No