Our Expertise

Nationally Recognized

Among the top in cancer research and care. The only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West.


Nurses are essential members of the patient care team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Our nurses provide expert and compassionate care to patients and their families—before, during, and after cancer treatment.

Our nurses are well educated and highly skilled in both clinical specialties and interpersonal relationships to provide the best in care:

  • Evidence-based
  • Consistent
  • Patient-focused

All HCI nurses complete an oncology-specific clinical orientation, an online Oncology Nursing Fundatmentals Course, and area-specific training. Nurses are also supported to meet the requirements of the Oncology Nursing Society to receive national certification as oncology certified nurses (ONC)

Practice Areas

HCI nurses contribute to outstanding cancer care and also support clinical research on new and better cancer treatments. Our team practices within the following areas at HCI:

Inpatient Cancer Care Units

  • Surgery
  • General medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Blood and marrow transplant and hematology

Outpatient Cancer Care Units

  • Clinics
    • Breast
    • Gynecology
    • Genitourinary
    • Lung
    • Sarcoma
    • Head and neck
    • Dermatology
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Hematology
    • Neurology
  • Chemotherapy and infusion
  • Radiation oncology
  • Same-day surgery

Professional Development and Support

HCI provides career training, professional development, and support for our nurses. These programs include:

Huntsman Oncology Nurse Residency (HONR)

The HONR program is designed to help new nurses be successful in their first year of cancer care. The curriculum includes the following:

  • Site-specific cancers
  • Treatment modalities
  • Symptom management
  • Oncologic emergencies
  • An evidence-based project to improve patient outcomes
  • Mentorship
  • Professional development

Email hcinursing@hci.utah.edu for more information.

Ongoing Professional Education

HCI employs several nursing staff educators who provide orientation, skills training, staff development, and just-in-time training for nurses in all inpatient and outpatient areas.

Compassionate Workplace Program

The Compassionate Workplace program addresses the effects of compassion fatigue and burnout in hospital and clinic staff and promotes employee wellness and resiliency.

HCI hosts monthly Schwartz Compassionate Care Rounds. These sessions offer healthcare staff a time to openly and honestly discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients and working in a healthcare setting. Attendees share experiences and thoughts on specific monthly topics. These are some of the reported benefits:

  • Increased insight into the social and emotional aspects of patient care
  • Improved teamwork, interdisciplinary communication, and appreciation for the roles and contributions of colleagues from different disciplines
  • Decreased feelings of stress and isolation
  • More openness to giving and receiving support

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