If you are an outpatient, the nurses you meet will perform specialized treatments, monitor your progress and help you learn about medications and any adjustments during the treatment and recovery phase.
Inpatient nursing care is delivered via a primary care model. This means that a primary nurse and up to four associates work closely with you throughout your treatment. In addition to performing specialized care, the inpatient nurses help both you and your family learn about treatments, and ways to cope with side effects, hospitalization and recovery. They will also assist you with preparations to return home when you are discharged.
Inpatient nursing staff includes Registered Nurses, a Patient Services Co-ordinator and a Clinical Educator. Registered Nurses work 12-hour shifts that change at 7am and 7pm. Each Registered Nurse who specializes in Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant nursing has completed a specialized educational program and a period of orientation with an experienced preceptor.
A Patient Services Manager is responsible for all multidisciplinary staff in the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Inpatient and Outpatient Units at Vancouver General Hospital. She is available should you have questions, concerns or comments about any element of patient care.