Nursing

Residency and Dedicated Education Unit programs

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) supports the education and growth of students, novice nurses and experienced nurses through a variety of specialized training and residency programs. Each program is designed to provide a strong introduction to ambulatory oncology nursing.

New Grad RN Residency

The New Grad RN Residency at SCCA is a unique and innovative program specifically focused on transitioning the new graduate nurse into ambulatory oncology nursing. The New Grad RN Residency program is open to all nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program within the last year and are interested ambulatory oncology. 

The New Grad RN Residency program consists of approximately 16 weeks of didactic education, shadow experiences, clinical training and weekly reflection designed to provide a strong foundation of oncology practice and to integrate residents into the organization. Upon completion of the residency program, residents will be well equipped to provide skilled and compassionate oncology care to a variety of patients.

“The past 16 weeks have given me a great foundation that I will continue to build on, and my time in the residency program has taught me a lot about myself…”
— New Grad RN Resident

To learn more about SCCA’s New Grad RN Residency program, contact Lyndsey Conway at lconway@seattlecca.org.

New-to-Specialty RN Residency

The New-to-Specialty RN Residency program is designed to support the unique transition of experienced nurses into the specialty of ambulatory oncology. The New-to-Specialty RN Residency program is open to all nurses with at least two years of nursing experience. No previous oncology experience is necessary, but a passion for oncology nursing is paramount.

The New-to-Specialty RN Residency program consists of approximately 10–12 weeks of didactic education, shadow experiences, clinical training and weekly reflection designed to provide a strong foundation of oncology practice and integrate residents into the organization. Upon completion of the residency program, residents will be well equipped to provide skilled and compassionate oncology care to a variety of patients.

Hear from New-to-Specialty RN residents
Jingwen Zhang
Jingwen Zhang
Megan Ward
Megan Ward

To learn more about SCCA’s New-to-Specialty RN Residency program, contact Briana Sanger at bsanger@seattlecca.org

Medical Assistant (MA) Apprenticeship

The Medical Assistant (MA) Apprenticeship is a yearlong program that helps participants become certified medical assistants while working full-time at SCCA as an Medical Assistant Apprentice. In this earn-as-you-learn program, apprentices are partnered with an experienced certified medical assistant coach throughout the year that helps teach the role and clinical skills of an MA at SCCA. Enrolling as a MA apprentice at SCCA is demanding, as these individuals are balancing rigorous coursework and clinical skill labs outside of their full-time work schedules. After the completion of their program and clinical hours, apprentices sit for their national certification exam and become certified as medical assistants. After program completion, apprentices commit to working at SCCA for two years as a certified medical assistant in exchange for program tuition and paid employment throughout the apprenticeship.

“The apprentices have had the great opportunity to learn how the entire clinic operates and become known members of SCCA throughout the building. I feel like this gives us the ability to act as floats for any region in the clinic we have trained and recommend it to fill staffing shortages and flush out the skills apprentices have learned.”
— Medical Assistant Apprentice
“One of the best parts of the apprenticeship is regularly getting to do and see new things. Discovering how to push my comfortability and continually learning/honing new skills will benefit any future job. I think this is an excellent way to combat burnout and the repetitiveness of any job.”
— Medical Assistant Apprentice

To learn more about SCCA’s Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program, contact Lyndsey Conway at lconway@seattlecca.org.

Nurse Technician Program

The Nurse Technician program gives individuals who are currently enrolled in an accredited BSN or ADN nursing program an opportunity to gain practical experience in nursing. SCCA enables nurse technicians to learn the many facets of oncology, immunotherapy, and blood and marrow transplant nursing care and work in a fast-paced acute ambulatory setting providing high-acuity and patient-centered care. Nurse technicians must have completed at least two quarters of clinical rotations through an accredited BSN or ADN nursing program.

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To learn more about SCCA’s Nurse Technician program, contact Lyndsey Conway at lconway@seattlecca.org.

Dedicated Education Unit Programs

The Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) is a collaborative practice between SCCA and academic partners to provide undergraduate nursing students with a clinical practice immersion in ambulatory oncology specialty areas. Students are given the opportunity to acquire complex clinical skills, technical abilities and knowledge of pathology and disease processes in this unique patient population, preparing them for a nursing career in oncology. The DEU has created an avenue for nurse recruitment, engagement and retention at SCCA.

Programs

  • Adult Health Clinical Rotation
  • Senior Practicum/Preceptorship
  • Population Health Internship (Seattle University)

Academic Partners

  • Seattle University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Heritage University

Graduate Student Programs

SCCA is privileged to host nurses from programs across the country who are working toward graduate nursing degrees for fieldwork and clinical hours. For more information on completing graduate nursing course work at SCCA, contact Briana Sanger at bsanger@seattlecca.org