The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Oncology Nurse Educator is an advanced practice nursing role, central to the continuous improvement of comprehensive state-of-the-science oncology patient care who works in collaboration with the entire SCCA clinical care team. The Oncology Nurse Educator enhances oncology nursing practice as an expert clinician, interdisciplinary consultant, educator, researcher, and leader. The Oncology Nurse Educator engages in assessing and facilitating clinical practice, all staff education, research inquiry, organizational operations support, quality initiatives and professional staff growth. The Oncology Nurse Educator is accountable to the dynamic needs of the SCCA patients and the staff to assure the provision of excellence in oncology care within the ever-changing health care environment at the institutional level, in the greater Seattle community, at the state, the national and global level.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.