As a nurse at Roswell Park, you meet our patients and their families at what may be the most challenging, vulnerable, and triumphant moments of their lives. The difference you make here and now can be everything to them — and to us.
Our nurses are exceptional. Whether you are just getting started on a nursing career or are looking to your next chapter, Roswell Park can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
I chose Roswell Park because wanted to get the best patient bedside experience possible in the area. I had worked in other facilities where patient care was not a priority, and I hated the feeling of not being able to do everything possible for my patient.The positivity and the overall willingness of Roswell Park nurses to do everything for their patients has been a welcome surprise. THESE are REAL nurses!Aiyana Logan, AAS
I have been a nurse for 23 years with much of that time in education and staff development. I returned to bedside nursing three years ago because I love taking care of people, but the pandemic and nursing shortage was taking its toll and I began to feel defeated. A former coworker who came to Roswell Park told me I would love it here. She was right, and I find bedside nursing enjoyable again.Friends and family worried that working at Roswell Park might be sad for me. I am sure that being diagnosed with cancer is not easy, and it’s often devastating for our patients, but Roswell Park changes that feeling into hope.Roswell Park is a genuinely fantastic place to work. Whether you have been a nurse for a day or many years, you won’t regret coming here.Jean DiFonzo, AAS, RN
I’m a late bloomer. As a 48-year-old new graduate, I was uncertain about working in a cancer hospital. But there is a certain positive energy here, and I couldn’t be happier. I share my experiences with my fellow graduates and tell them how much I have learned, and all the fantastic opportunities Roswell Park has to offer.Janeen Bauer, AAS
Whether joining the team as an experienced clinician or a new graduate, our comprehensive in-class orientation provides the foundational education in oncology nursing that you’ll need. This orientation, for all RNs, LPNs, and Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) is followed by protected training time on the unit with a trained preceptor to help you meet your individual learning needs.
Your orientation will include courses such as:
- Essentials of Systemic Cancer Therapies for the Oncology Nurse
- Cancer Screening and Survivorship
- Transplant and Cellular Therapy
- Care of the Patient Receiving Radiation Therapy
- End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
- Skills Review
- Cardiac Class
- Critical Care Class
Our Nursing Mentorship program aids the professional development of new employees to as well as current Roswell Park nurses transferring to new roles. Creating nurse mentor-mentee relationships fosters our culture of growth and development, helps encourage and develop new leaders, and increases our nurses’ engagement and satisfaction.
The six-month program supports mentors and mentees with education, time and resources, as the mentor guides the mentee toward achievement of a professional SMART goal.
Career ladder – Nursing Continuous Advancement Program (N-CAP)
The Nursing Continuous Advancement Program (N-CAP) was established in 2021 to recognize nurses who provide direct patient care and to highlight the outcomes that accurately demonstrate the expertise of the clinical nurse. Upward movement within the program results in financial and professional recognition. The N-CAP promotes professionalism in nursing practice and autonomy in the individual nurse who assumes responsibility for his/her own professional growth and development.
Nurses can enroll in a Leadership, Clinical, or Education track and receive protected time and support from Nursing Leadership and Nursing Professional Development.
Professional development offerings
Continuing nursing education offerings are available to staff within the Department of Nursing at Roswell Park, and the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) course is available to external nurses based on availability.
- Charge Nurse 101
- End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) course
- Nursing Research Opportunities
- Pathway to Telemetry Technician
- Program for Patient Care Technicians to complete National Telemetry Association Telemetry Certification
- Preceptor Course
- Sedation and Analgesia: IVCS for Nurses at Roswell Park
- Senior Patient Care Technician
- Includes certification from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
- Support for Certifications, such as:
- Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)
- Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN)
- Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
- Transplant and Cellular Therapy Orientation Class