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RN Navigator Oncology Research

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE
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Job Description

  • Purpose of Job
    • Accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families according to the individualized needs of the patient.
    • Guides patients, family and caregivers to informed decision making.

  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing required.
      • Successful completion of annual mandatory education requirements.
      • Participation in mandatory in-services and continuing education programs as mandated by policies and procedures, external agencies and as directed by supervisor.

    • Experience
      • A minimum of 2 years nursing experience required.
      • Experience in patient education and teaching.

    • License/Certifications
      • Current valid Registered Nurse (RN) License, valid compact multi-state license, or a temporary permit while awaiting licensure required for work state.
      • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.
      • Certification(s) in area of specialty preferred.
      • Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) within 5 years of hire required.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and interact with patients, family members, hospital personnel, and co-workers.
      • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work assignments.
      • Ability to learn, retain, and utilize computer skills that are required for department and hospital information system.
      • Ability to think critically and problem solve.
      • Computer knowledge with abilities in word processing required, and experienced with database.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking
        • Standing
        • Walking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-Ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means) - NICU only
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Hazardous Drugs (exposure risks, personal protective equipment required)
      • Frequent (67%-100%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I


      • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the customer/patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the Population Specific Criteria.
        • Demonstrates ability to identify opportunities for and give individualized customer service/patient care according to customer/patient needs.
        • Direct Observation.

      • Performs an initial and ongoing assessment to determine the patient's needs.
        • Includes data from the patient/significant other(s) in the assessment as appropriate.
        • Prioritizes data collection according to patient's immediate needs.
        • Includes information from the patient and significant other(s) in the assessment, as appropriate.
        • Prioritizes data collection according to the patient's immediate needs.
        • As a member of the clinical trials team, screens newly diagnosed or recurrent cancer patients brought to treatment conferences or seen and treated throughout the Methodist Health System by reviewing all available research protocols to ensure patients are being offered a complete spectrum of care.
        • Uses assessment findings in treatment planning, collaborating with other health care members also caring for the patient.

      • Develops/reviews/revises and individualizes the plan of care to address the patient's nursing care needs for optimum patient care outcomes. (Consultation and resources, nurses as teachers.)
        • Collaborates with providers and other clinical disciplines as appropriate.
        • Provides teaching specific to the patient.
        • Care plan reflects continuing care needs and/or referrals.
        • Collaborates with physicians and other disciplines to prevent duplication of patient services and to ensure continuity of care.
        • Documentation into the access database of screened patients is in a timely and accurate manner.
        • Direct observation of attendance and participation at tumor conferences Attendance at Investigator meetings / Cooperative group meetings as appropriate.
        • Attendance at and assistance with site initiation visits as appropriate.

      • Implements interventions that are consistent with the established plan of care in a safe and appropriate manner (Professional Models of Care).
        • Is familiar with, and follows, nursing protocols and standards of care.
        • Uses current knowledge in nursing practice based on standards and research literature.
        • Accurate informed consent process as required by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) requirements.
        • Feedback from study groups demonstrates that all patients entered onto trial are eligible and that the patient was stratified / registered appropriately.
        • Coordinate the treatment plan and follow-up for assigned study participants from pre-entry evaluation to study termination by developing and using appropriate instructional, scheduling and data collection tools.
        • Collaborates with participants, physicians, nursing staff and other health care professionals to ensure 100% protocol compliance, continuity of care, quality outcomes and customer satisfaction.
        • Assists with ongoing patient participation by coordinating return appointments, protocol-required tests, scans, and examinations, coordinating submission of pathology specimens with lab and pathology, coordinating with pharmacy for study medications, retrieving records from various sources, and by conferring with other team members on a routine basis to assist with protocol compliance.
        • Documentation in patient charts and evaluations / reports from study groups demonstrate consistent compliance with requirements.
        • In collaboration with data coordinator, coordinates collection of records and submits all protocol specified data and specimens assigned according to study-sponsor standards and protocol requirements, in order to ensure safety, appropriate data collection, and 100% protocol compliance.
        • Monitor outcomes and document patient response to interventions.
        • Evaluate the patient capabilities and / or limitations related to nursing and medical interventions.
        • Recognize and address patient and family capabilities and limitations (physical and mental).

      • Performs technical skills competently and independently to assure patient safety (autonomy).
        • Able to competently perform technical skills independently.
        • Is accountable to learn new skills and equipment within areas' specifications and time frame.
        • Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment according to specific product information and policy and procedure manuals.
        • Follows appropriate procedure for obtaining and returning or cleaning/disposing of equipment and supplies.

      • Maintains a professional behavior in attitude, demeanor, interactions to achieve organization's mission. (Quality Improvement, Image of Nursing, Interdisciplinary Relationships, Professional Development, community and the healthcare organization.)
        • Communicates effectively to solve problems at the personal and unit level.
        • Is approachable and professional in working with other health professionals, ancillary staff, patients and family.
        • Takes pride in the unit by active participation in restocking and maintaining a clean environment.
        • Maintains a professional appearance, behavior, and work environment.
        • Maintains competence in area of experience.
        • Participates in meetings and/or committees as needed to assist in decisions effecting area/unit or organization.
        • Provides educational presentations to groups of patients, community groups, and / or professional groups about cancer prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment to inform the community about the Methodist Cancer Center / Oncology Research Department.
        • Maintains competence in area of expertise.
        • Interaction with monitors is appropriate and professional.
        • Works with monitors and auditors to ensure patient records and forms are complete and accurate, and questions are answered, in order to facilitate data collection in the most efficient manner possible, utilizing the nurse's time in the best manner possible.
        • Provides prompt responses and follow up.
        • Able to resolve problems and responds to requests.
        • Attitude reflects caring and helpfulness in order to meet needs of all disciplines.
        • Completes tasks in a timely manner; quality of work reflects attention to detail.
        • Willingness to accept responsibility for and accountability for work and behavior.
        • Willing to help all members of the department, working with other staff on a 1:1 level with open communication.
        • Listens to feedback, has appropriate two way communication and allows others to speak during conversations.
        • Available to take on new duties as required and identified.
        • Interactions and feedback from other offices / disciplines reflects professionalism.

      • Initiates action to correct, prevent, and/or minimize risk(s) to the patient, family or staff/employees. (Quality of Care)
        • Completes appropriate report form for a risk (e.g., variance/incident report, patient concern report, maintenance request).
        • Communicates to appropriate personnel regarding unresolved issues.
        • Works within the scope of practice as defined by Nurse Practice Act.
        • Patient specimens and scans are labeled appropriately according to sponsor requirements.
        • Patients are correctly identified prior to obtaining information and specimens.

      • Fiscally accountable.
        • Acts professionally responsible for human and other resources.
        • Charges accurately for use of supplies and equipment according to policy.

      • Guides patients, families and their caregivers to informed decision-making by collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to support optimal patient care across the cancer continuum.
        • Facilitates planning and provides education to patients and families about their individual cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
        • Supports and navigates each patient through treatment by reinforcing education and coordinating information and care with a team of physicians and allied healthcare professionals.
        • Participates in cancer treatment planning conferences to discuss and determine the best treatment plan for each newly diagnosed or recurrent cancer patient.
        • Refers patients to appropriate cancer support programs and resources within the cancer center and community.
        • Teach patients and families about cancer screening guidelines, diagnosis, treatment options and the importance of early detection.
        • Assists with the development of an ongoing survivorship plan.

      • Assembles and completes data submission forms required by research protocols, and maintains a file on forms to be submitted by month due by referring to requirements in protocols. Assembles required forms for study participants, in order to obtain and submit required data and specimens in a timely manner.
        • Tickler file / suspense system is used on 100% of patients.
        • Queries are answered in an accurate and timely manner.
        • Forms are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
        • Positive staff feedback regarding assembly and completion of forms for trial participants.
        • Evaluations and data reports from study groups indicate that data submission is current and accurate on patients entered onto study.
        • Direct observation of attendance at tumor conferences and documentation of information as appropriate on forms.
        • Collaborates with other staff members to efficiently schedule monitor visits.
        • Is prepared for monitors and audits before they arrive at site (including scheduling time for the monitor to see the physician as needed).
        • Is helpful, available and appropriate with monitors during the visit.
        • Follow up after monitors and audits reflects appropriate follow through with requests.
        • Documentation in patient charts and evaluations / reports from study groups demonstrate consistent compliance with requirements.
        • Acts as a resource for other personnel in evaluating and grading / reporting toxicities, using the CTC as a resource.
        • SAE's are consistently filed in a timely and accurate manner, both with the sponsor and with the local IRB.
        • Accurate submission of adverse events on toxicity report forms as demonstrated by protocol personnel feedback and audits.

      • Assists in the preparation of IRB materials to ensure compliance within study group, sponsor, and hospital IRB guidelines.
        • Works collaboratively with the Oncology Research Department Program manager and the IRB coordinator / Secretary I to address any issues related to protocols and the IRB.
        • Attends monthly IRB meetings as per department requirements; addresses issues as is appropriate and as is required at IRB meetings.
        • Assists with the review, preparation and submission of new protocols, protocol modifications, and annual reports to the IRB for approval, and updated in a timely manner to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements of study groups and with the hospital IRB.
        • Consistently meets IRB submission deadlines with efficacy and accuracy.
        • Collaborates with the IRB coordinator to appropriately prepare industry protocols and regulatory required documents in a timely manner.
        • Collaborates with the Oncology Research Program Manager to appropriately obtain and prepare contract and budget information on industry protocols.
        • Re-Consenting is done in a timely and accurate manner.

      • Review, delegate, and evaluate plans for appropriate utilization of staff at all levels of practice in accordance with the provision of the state's Nurse Practice Act and Professional Standards of Practice.
        • Right task (within the scope of practice, according to the job description, based on the desired outcome, task routine, non-complex, low risk, and predictable outcomes).
        • Right person (assess competency by : certification / licensure, job description, skills).
        • Right communication (clear, concise, correct, complete).
        • Right feedback: The reciprocal process (ask teammates' input first, recognize effort, get teammates' solution to the problem).

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.









Job Details

Date Posted January 8, 2018
Date Closes March 9, 2018
Requisition 7668
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At NE Methodist Hospital
Department Oncology Research
Shift Daytime
Hours M-F 8am - 4:30pm hours per week
SOC Category 00-0000.00
Location