Hematology Oncology Specialty Unit (HOSU)

The Hematology - Oncology Unit provides care to patients with hematology and oncology related diagnoses utilizing the latest technology available. We manage the health care needs of individuals experiencing the real or threatened impact of cancer related diseases including acute and chronic hematologic and oncologic disease processes. We are about 50% Hematology and 50% Oncology. We provide inpatient chemotherapy as well as caring for the patients with symptom management from receiving outpatient chemotherapy and/or radiation. Along with chemotherapy we frequently administer blood products and antibiotics. Patients are cared for by our collaborative team with members from the Nursing, Medical, Radiation, Chemotherapeutic and Palliative Care Services.

Patient Population

  • Adult and geriatric
  • Acute Leukemias, Lymphomas, Hodgkins, Multiple Myeloma
  • TTP/ITP, Aplastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Disease
  • Lung, Breast, Colon and Testicular Cancer
  • Melanoma and Angiosarcoma
  • Radiation patients include: Thyroid and Cervical cancer

Number of Beds

  • 29

Nurse/Patient Ratio

  • 1:4-5


  • 7a-7p and 7p-7a
  • Baylor 7a-7p and 7p-7a

Skill Mix

  • Registered Nurse - 68%
  • Patient Care Technician - 21%
  • Unit Secretaries - 11%

Nursing Unit Orientation

  • Structured 10 week program with an assigned preceptor
  • Chemotherapy certification class



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