Jacobs Medical Center 5FG Medical Oncology Palliative Care PCU

Scope of Service/Type of Patients:

This unit provides care to adult patients (14 years or older) and will focus on patients being treated for oncologic and non-oncologic diagnoses, including research protocols for this population.  The unit is designed to provide continuity of care as patients progress toward their goals.  The unit will also deliver care to general medical, medical oncology, and palliative care patients (and surgical patients if needed as overflow).  As a PCU, care is provided to intermediate and medical surgical levels of care (with or without cardiac monitoring).  Specialized equipment is available on the unit to support the care of these patients.  The nursing staff are trained and qualified to give specialized oncology care as well as more generalized medical care to this population.


La Jolla: Jacobs Medical Center (JMC) 5th floor

Number of Beds:    

  • 24

Training Programs:

Newly hired staff (CCP/LVN/RN) complete a competency-based orientation.  Orientation is individualized to the newly hired staff based on experience level and competency in the specialty.  Length of orientation is determined by the nurse manager in collaboration with the unit preceptor.  Unit orientation will also include 5FG Medical Oncology/PCU Department specific checklist that include an overview of key safety and clinical care items on the unit.  For Registered Nurses who are administering chemotherapeutic agents for Oncologic purposes, certification will be maintained in accordance with medical center policy.  Annual competencies will be provided to staff.

Specialty Programs/Certifications:

Oncology Nurse Certified (OCN), Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN), Certified Hospitals and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), Certified Medical Surgical Nurse (CMSRN).

Who We Are

This unit supports the organizations' performance improvements initiatives that is created with guidance from the Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Departments.  Projects may be initiated at the unit, division, or organizational level to achieve targeted quality outcomes.  The unit also has a Unit Based Practice Council.  The Chair will be a member of the Nursing Cabinet in alignment with the UCSDH Nursing Shared Governance structure.  Unit staff (including managers) are eligible to participate on hospital-wide councils and committees.

Ideal Candidates

We require a CA Rn license, preferably one year of clinical oncology experience and knowledge of cancer diagnoses and treatments.  Nurses who do well in our environment are team players, with a passion for oncology nursing.  They also consistently demonstrate leadership in working with patients and colleagues.  Our staff have an ongoing motivation to be aware of research protocols and new treatment regimens.  Nurses seeking to join the team are committed to achieve certification in OCN or sitting for the certification exam within 12-18 months of employment.  Certification in other specialties such as progressive care or palliative care is also recognized.  Candidates who are BSN prepared are preferred. Nurses new to oncology will be considered with the expectation of becoming and maintaining chemotherapy providers within 6 months of hire.