A hematology nurse is a nurse who specializes in caring for patients who are dealing with blood related illnesses, diseases or disorders such as cancer, hemophilia, Hodgkin‘s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and sickle cell anemia.
These nurses are responsible for performing check ups, collecting blood samples, ordering blood tests, initiating IV’s, administering medications, assisting with blood transfusions, operating medical machinery and providing medical care and treatment to patients who are dealing with a variety of illnesses.
Hematology nurses review their patients medical history, keep records of their recovery process and create treatment plans in order to help their patients achieve optimal health.
They also educate patients and families about their medical condition and provide advice and feedback on how to deal with their condition, the importance of improving their quality of life and the need to design and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
In order to provide specialized care to a specific group of patients hematology nurses may choose to work in a specific field of care such as assisting children who are dealing with cancer or specializing in adult/elderly care.
These nurses may be found working in a variety of career settings that are related to performing blood work or treating patients who are dealing with blood related illness or diseases.
Some of these places may include blood clinics, hospitals, cancer treatment centers, specialty clinics and nurse practitioner offices among other settings that may require hematology nursing.
In addition to working directly with patients in a healthcare setting hematology nurses may also choose to continue their education so that they may combine their medical expertise with a more specialized career field such as working as a nurse educator where they help educate students about the nursing field, obtaining a position as a head nurse of a nursing department or choosing to begin a career as a research nurse collecting data, performing lab tests and doing clinical trials.