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Under the direction of the Clinical Manager, the Oncology Nurse Navigator assists cancer patients/care givers on their journey through cancer care as an advocate, interpreter, educator, and counselor for oncology patients and their care givers. The incumbent serves as the primary point of contact and is responsible for coordinating the care and services of the identified patient populations for an extended period of time across the continuum of care. The incumbent promotes effective resource utilization and assumes a leadership role with the multidisciplinary team to identify and eliminate barriers to care in order to achieve an optimal clinical outcome for the patient and their caregivers.
What You Bring/Job Requirements
In addition to bringing your whole self to the workplace each day, qualified candidates will need the following:
Minimum Education Requirements
Bachelors of Science in nursing, preferred.
Graduate from a NLN or AACN Accredited nursing program.
High School diploma or GED.
Minimum Experience Requirements
5 years experience in oncology nursing in the inpatient and/or outpatient setting, preferred.
Experience/knowledge in community health setting/services, preferred.
Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suit, specifically, MS Word.
Current RN license to practice in the state of Colorado
Certification in oncology nursing at time of hire or within 18 months.
Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )
Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and coordination to provide nursing care and guidance to the cancer patient from first contact and throughout follow-up, serving as an essential link between patients and all other care providers.*
Systematically and continually performs the functions of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care according to the nursing process, Penrose Cancer Standards and ONS Standards of Practice.*
Facilitates the coordination of patient care services to assure excellence in patient care and patient flow by: a) following the patient through the care continuum/experience, eliminating operational (i.e. scheduling, test results, etc) barriers to service; b) working closely with other health care disciplines to ensure timely appointments, results reporting, financial need referrals, communication, patient care and follow-up.*
Interfaces with other healthcare teams for appropriate referrals/services such as the social worker, pastoral care, dietician, dental hygienist, community services, financial counselor, cancer rehabilitation, clinical research nurses, survivorship nurse navigator, palliative care, hospice, smoking cessation, etc.*
Initiates and documents patient teaching including family and significant others based on assessment of needs, including responding to patient request for information regarding the disease process, expected side effects of treatment and community resources. Documents the above appropriately as well as communicating teaching completed to the patients other health care providers as appropriate.*
Continually assesses the patients treatment progress and educational needs, making adjustments to care based on the assessment; consults with primary physician or designee and other members of the care delivery team as needed; refer to appropriate physicians, NPs or programs when needed.*
Collaboratively works with clinical research nurses, facilitating patient referrals for potential clinical trial candidate, communicates patient care needs and schedule with the clinical trial nurse if patient accepted into a trial, negotiates patient care and teaching responsibilities with the clinical trial nurse when the patient is on a clinical trial.*
Active participant on the multidisciplinary care team and conferences, providing specific patient care information pertinent to the patient, follows up on patient care recommendations following the multidisciplinary conferences, and when necessary, facilitates the multidisciplinary conference.*
Facilitate/organize patient support groups as appropriate. *
Serves as a resource for community educational events such as health fairs, screenings. *
This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned.
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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care provider in Colorado Springs comprised of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Penrose Hospital serves as the anchor hospital of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services with 364-licensed beds and the ability to provide tertiary (high tech) medical-surgical services with an emphasis on elective and outpatient care. Established in 1890, Penrose Hospital has grown to become a major health treatment and referral center, specializing in cancer care, cardiac care, emergency trauma care and physical rehabilitation. St. Francis Medical Center opened in 2008 to keep pace with the growing needs of the Colorado Springsâ community on the north side of the city. St. Francis Medical Center features 172-beds and offers a modern Birth Center, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Care Unit, Emergency Department, Level III Trauma Center, Imaging Services, Surgical Services and Critical Care Unit. ItÂ also serves as southern Coloradoâs home base for the Flight For LifeÂ® Colorado air medical helicopter service. Itâs an incredible time to join us as we celebrate more than a decade as one of Healthgrades âAmericaâs 50 Best Hospitalsâ and Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for superior quality in nursing care. With 300+ days of annual sunshine, mild winters and easy access places like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and some of Coloradoâs top destination resorts, you will enjoy an incredible lifestyle while having the career youâve always wanted.
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