Hi. I am a nurse from the Philippines and would like to know if any of the oncology nurses in the US use or have opted to train on using the "Haemonetics MCS+ Apheresis System" or any other (pls. indicate) automated blood processing equipment. Would it be an advantage to know how to use this machine on patients? And would you consider this another work option or extra skill?
The reason I ask this is because i realize how important this machine is not only for onco. patients (such as those with blood cancers) but patients with blood disorders, in need of blood transfusions, etc.
Feb 5, '07
Thank you. I only know med techs who use this machine but i was told by a few of them that nurses could train on them too. So, from an oncology nurses' perspective, would it be wise to consider this a "sideline"-type thing to do since it is not related (while working as an onco nurse)? I am not familiar with the type of work schedule an apheresis nurse has though. Any further insight on this "apheresis nursing" would be nice. But given a definite choice, I would rather be an oncology nurse than an apheresis nurse. I don't know any nurses here interested in this machine. Our hospital uses this machine a lot and it was used on my mom a few times when she was alive and diagnosed with AML. Thanks again..
Last edit by purplecotton on Feb 5, '07