Our Expertise

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The Department of Nursing includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical research nurses, nurse educators, nursing clinical analysts, physician referral coordinators, case managers, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and unlicensed assistive personnel.

Almost everything we do clinically — from new initiatives to well-established practices — not only involves our nursing team but also depends on the level of nursing excellence that is a hallmark of our success at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

We have expertise in the following key specialty areas.

Acute Care Services

Acute care nurses staff nine inpatient units (organized by disease site) that require proficiency in the complex medical and surgical management of patients with a particular oncologic disease. This approach fosters a close bond between nurses, patients, and families while also supporting our strong primary care nursing model.

Critical Care and Pediatric Nursing Services
Rhonda D’Agostino

Rhonda D’Agostino, who cares for people with life-threatening complications from cancer or its treatment, helped pioneer a new ICU model that trains nurse practitioners and physician assistants to deliver the highest standard of care.

Our critical care and pediatric nurses focus on managing our patients’ complex non-oncologic co-morbidities, and provide an increased level of care with an emphasis on early intervention. These nurses also demonstrate expertise in subspecialized and age-appropriate care for our pediatric patients and support their entire family during their cancer diagnosis and treatment experience.

Included in Critical Care and Pediatrics is the Intensive Care Unit; Surgical Acute Care Unit; Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit; inpatient Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care units; Pediatric Day Hospital for outpatient visits, treatments and procedures; and our Urgent Care Center.

Perioperative Services

Perioperative Services provides comprehensive nursing care for patients undergoing diagnostic, interventional, and surgical procedures during the pre-, intra-, and postoperative/procedural phases of care. We follow a “one platform” approach between our main and same-day hospital areas for the most efficient use across our combined 28 operating room suites and four endoscopy suites. Perianesthesia care is provided in two Pre-Surgical Center units and two PACUs. Radiology services include interventional radiology, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, diagnostic radiology, and molecular imaging and therapy.

Outpatient Services

We provide comprehensive outpatient care services for adolescent, adult, and geriatric oncology patients across MSK’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and suburban outpatient locations . Some outpatient nurses collaboratively manage patients within busy office practices while others administer outpatient chemotherapy, assist in diagnostic testing, and support patients receiving radiation treatment. The outpatient team also includes nurse practitioners who staff cancer-screening centers and clinical research nurses who facilitate, monitor, and support patients enrolled in clinical trials.

Nurse Practitioner Clinical Program

We support the specialized, evidence-based practices of our nurse practitioners. Our advanced practice nurses actively participate in the delivery of patient care within a continuously evolving system that serves patients of all ages. Nurse practitioners may see patients autonomously or collaborate as team members.