Job Description

Registered Nurse - Stem Cell

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution.  AccessHope, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope’s specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation’s "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California, Arizona, Illinois and Georgia. 

Job Description:

Per Diem

Provides the Mother Standard of care to oncology patients across the adult and geriatric spectrum. The RN, Cellular Therapy will demonstrate competencies across the continuum of malignant hematology and autologous stem cell transplantation. An Individualized plan of care is developed and implemented, utilizing the nursing process, including assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation.  Responsible for inspiring and guiding other qualified patient care team members to ensure enhanced outcomes through effective delegation in the exercise of his/her independent judgment. Nursing care addresses physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs of the patient, and coordinates the plan of care with other healthcare professionals, support persons and all members of the healthcare team.


Cellular Therapy


Collaborates with physicians and other health care providers to provide direct and indirect care to patients across the continuum of malignant hematology and stem cell transplantation. Provides critical staffing to multiple patient care areas including the Cellular Therapy Inpatient Unit and Specialty Clinic

  • Formally trained and experienced in the management of patients receiving cellular therapy.
  • Safely administers high dose chemotherapy, innovative cellular therapies, immunotherapies, blood products, growth factors, hydration, and associated medications.
  • Administration of cellular therapy products, including HPC, IEC, genetically modified cells, and other cellular therapies.
  • Assists with special procedures including bone marrow biopsies, donor apheresis stem cell mobilization and collection, and stem cell reinfusions. 
  • Ability to collect blood specimens and blood cultures. Assists with coordination of specialty lab and diagnostic testing, pharmacokinetics, disease staging, and research based clinical trials.
  • Care for immunocompromised patients with complex needs.
  • Hematology/oncology patient care, including an overview of the cellular therapy process.
  • Monitoring and age-related care related to the administration of cellular therapy products and signs of emergency and higher-level care needed.
  • Perform basic research, clinical research, other non-cellular therapy clinical care, or administrative work during the time they are not actively attending to cellular therapy recipients.
  • Demonstrates competence in chemotherapy administration through ONS.
  • Administer medications via all routes, using the 6 rights, medication bar scanner and monitoring patient for side effects.
  • Care for, assess and monitor patients with Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) and epidural catheters.
  • Demonstrates ability to care for patients with central IV lines, ports, chest tubes, pleural catheters, and tracheostomy tubes.
  • Completion of Basic Electrocardiogram (ECG) course in online learning management system.
  • Ability to interpret and operate cardiac and other invasive and noninvasive monitors, recognize normal/abnormal rhythms/trends, and institute appropriate interventions.
  • Demonstrates skills to assess and intervene in life-threatening situations.
  • Ability to care for patients who are aggressive, agitated, in seclusion or restrained.



Experience: Minimum of 3 years stem cell transplant and chemotherapy administration experience

Education: Associate Degree in Nursing or equivalent

Licensure: Arizona Registered Nurse License or a Registered Nurse License form a Compact State

Certification: Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification- an approved American Heart Association (AHA) training site, American Safety & Health Institute, or Red Cross BLS certification is required upon hire.

  • If their current certification does not meet the guidelines, stakeholders will have (30) days from the date of hire to acquire attend an onsite initial BLS course and will be required to renew every two years.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Certification

  • Stakeholders will have thirty (30) days from the date of hire to acquire American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS certification and will need to be renewed every two years. Will not be allowed to provide ACLS for patients independently until AHA ACLS cards are obtained

Telemetry experience or completion of competency within 6 months of hire

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Immunotherapy/Biotherapy Provider Certificate is required upon hire or before completion of nursing orientation and renewal every two years. 

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Fundamentals of Blood and Marrow Transplant course within 30 days of hire.

Bone Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN) Certification preferred.


Experience: >5 years stem cell transplant and chemotherapy administration

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Certification: Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)

Bone Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN)

Special skills: Malignant Hematology/Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant, Malignant Hematology/Oncology?

Pay Range

$31.90 - $52.55

Placement within the identified pay range is based on individual and market factors including, but not limited to, experience, education, credentials (including licenses and certifications), geographic location, market competition, skill set (including market availability of required skills), assigned/anticipated job tasks, and level of responsibility.  These factors are considered without regard to an individual’s status as a member of any protect group pursuant to federal, state, and/or local law.

City of Hope’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities.  Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds, and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding.  We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

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