Description - Registered nurse Mary Dowling, the director of acute care services at Memorial Sloan Kettering, talks about the specialized and disease-specific nursing care available on Memorial Sloan Kettering. The nurses specially trained in caring for patients with certain illnesses are pivotal in working with patients, family, and staff to ensure accurate and timely care. All are trained as part of disease-specific management teams.
A clinical nurse specialist with a master’s degree and expertise in a particular disease staffs each inpatient unit. In addition, Memorial Sloan Kettering employs nurse practitioners with master's degrees in advanced practice nursing who also have special certification and additional licensing that allows them to perform key functions such as prescribing medications, ordering diagnostic tests, and arranging for inpatient transition to home, among other critical tasks.