The Department of Nursing encompasses a wide range of roles, including:
- registered nurses
- nurse practitioners
- nursing professional development specialists
- clinical nurse specialists
- unlicensed assistive personnel
- clinical research nurses
- physician referral coordinators
- nursing clinical analysts
- case managers
- certified registered nurse anesthetists
Everything we do clinically — from new initiatives to well-established practices —depends on the nursing team’s excellence, which is a hallmark of care at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
We have expertise in the following key specialty areas:
Acute Care Nursing Services
Acute care nurses staff eight inpatient units, organized by disease type, that require proficiency in the complex medical and surgical management of patients with a particular cancer. This approach fosters a close bond between nurses, patients, and families while also supporting our strong Relationship-Based Care model.
Critical Care Nursing Services
Critical care nurses are experts in the complex needs of patients facing life-threatening illnesses or complications from cancer treatment. Our specially trained nurses provide specialized care for patients and their families on five critical care units, including our Intensive Care Unit, Neurology and Step-Down Units in Memorial Hospital.
Pediatric Nursing Services
Our pediatric nurses create a caring and healing environment for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer or blood disorders. Practicing in our inpatient unit, our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center, and Pediatric Ophthalmology clinic, our nurses work with other specialists to ensure patients and their families receive the highest level of care.
Emergency Oncology Nursing Services
Emergency oncology nurses specialize in the combination of emergency nursing and oncology nursing. At MSK these nurses provide care in the Urgent Care Center, Clinical Decision Unit, and Symptom Care Clinics at Memorial Hospital, as well as Symptom Care Clinics at MSK Basking Ridge, MSK Bergen, MSK Commack Nonna’s Garden Foundation Center, MSK Monmouth, MSK Nassau, and MSK Westchester.
Perioperative Nursing Services
Perioperative services provide comprehensive nursing care for patients undergoing diagnostic, interventional, and surgical procedures during the pre-, intra-, and postoperative and procedural phases of care. In addition to services provided at Memorial Hospital, same-day outpatient and short-stay surgical cases are performed at the Josie Robertson Surgical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth.
Outpatient Nursing Services
We provide comprehensive outpatient care services for teen, adult, and geriatric patients across MSK’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and suburban outpatient locations. Some outpatient nurses collaboratively manage patients within 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.
Clinical Trials Nursing Services
Clinical trials nurses provide care and continuity to clinical trial participants across settings: inpatient, outpatient, and the Regional Care Network. Clinical trials nurses (CTNs) integrate our expertise into the care of clinical trial participants, ensuring compliance with protocol procedures, assessments, and symptom management. Most importantly, CTNs act as patients’ advocates, ensuring adherence to ethical practices during the conduct of clinical trials to protect the rights and well-being of patients and the collection and reporting of quality data.
Diagnostic Interventional and Procedural Nursing Services
Radiology services include interventional radiology, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, mammography, diagnostic radiology, and molecular imaging and therapy. Nurses care for patients as they receive these services to ensure comfort, accuracy, and specialized skill.
The Patient Flow Command Center (PFCC) features a multidisciplinary team that includes staff members from nursing, admitting, environmental services, and nursing support services. All activities and processes related to patient admissions and placement go through the PFCC, ensuring a collaborative, thoughtful decision-making process that considers overall patient flow as well as the needs of each individual.