5 North (5N)

 

5 North (5N)

About the Unit

5N is a 31-bed unit located in the Cancer Hospital Building on the fifth floor. It is open 24-hours a day, 7-days-a-week. 5N also houses the Same Day Chemotherapy Unit (SDCU). The SDCU consists of 14 chairs and 1 bed for outpatients; it is open and staffed 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Staff

Head Nurse: Patricia Andrews, BSN, RN, OCN

Head Nurse: Beata Lobrow, RN

Case Manager: Kathy Cronin, RN

Case Manager: Marina Kharb, RN

Social Worker: John Stanicki

There are 3-4 critical care technicians each shift who assist with basic patient care. There is a unit secretary on each shift to perform data entry and secretarial duties.


Patient population

The 5N nursing staff cares for adult and geriatric medical oncology patients ages 18 years through the lifespan. Patients cared for in this unit have a variety of solid tumor diseases and/or hematological malignancies. Oncology patients who have secondary diagnoses such as neutropenia, diabetes, sepsis, anemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and renal disease are also cared for on this unit.


Patient Care Needs

Patients on 5N require 1:4 to 1:6 nursing care ratios. Treatments provided include but are not limited to: chemotherapy, biotherapy, radiation therapy, pain management, antimicrobials, antifungals, blood product administration, IVIG, colony stimulating factors and phase I, II and III research agents. Patients may require ancillary service intervention such as dietary consultation and occupational and physical therapy services. Patients admitted to the SDCU may receive treatments that include: chemotherapy, biotherapy, blood transfusions and colony stimulating factors. In addition, laboratory and radiology tests/procedures may be performed.


About Our Nurses

Nursing care for both inpatient and outpatient areas is provided by professional registered nurses competent in the care of medical oncology patients. Competencies may include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of Pleurx® catheter
  • Provision for respiratory care treatments
  • Blood product administration
  • Assisting with research protocols
  • Pain assessment & management
  • Radiation therapy management
  • Low dose dopamine intravenous infusion
  • Neutropenic management
  • Administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy agents
  • Thrombocytopenia management
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