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RN Navigator Oncology

Methodist Health System Council Bluffs, IA
  • Purpose of Job
    • Accountable for the delivery of quality care to patients and families according to the individualized needs of the patient.
    • The Nurse Navigator is a professional whose clinical expertise guides patients, families and their caregivers toward informed decision-making. The Nurse Navigator collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team to allow for timely cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and increased supportive care across the cancer continuum.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing required.
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred.

    • Experience
      • Minimum 2 years nursing experience required.
      • Previous ambulatory coordination experience required.

    • License/Certifications
      • Current valid Registered Nurse (RN) License, valid compact multistate license to work, or a temporary permit while awaiting licensure required.
      • Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) strongly preferred at time of hire, required within 3 months of hire.
      • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required within 3 months of hire (Radiation Oncology).
      • Certification(s) in area of specialty preferred.
      • Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) certification preferred.

    • 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.
  • 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

      • Provide 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.

      • Perform 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

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

      • Provide on-site coordination of the weekly clinic by efficiently organizing schedule to fit physician and patient needs, gathering patient information, and recording follow-up recommendations.
        • Prepares weekly schedule for patients and physicians.
        • Coordinates/collaborates with ancillary departments weekly.
        • Update EMR and collect outside patient records prior to appointment to promote efficiency.
        • Schedules appropriate ancillary testing based on patient diagnosis prior to appointment.
        • Schedules surgical procedures with Access and MD offices.
        • Order outside radiology exams and pathology slides.

      • Communicate with patient, families and referring physicians regarding treatment plan and follow-up.
        • Timely communication with patients and families regarding treatment plan.
        • Evaluates patients capabilities and/or limitations related to treatment plan.
        • Schedule appropriate referrals to specialty physicians as needed for treatment plan.
        • Administer psychosocial distress screening tool to all new patients.
        • Refer patients to any and all appropriate supportive services within the cancer center, community and outside of cancer centers as needed.
        • Provide preoperative education to patients and family using individualized strategies.

      • Guides patients, families and their caregivers to informed decision-making by collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to support optimal patient care across the continuum.
        • Facilitates planning and provides education to patients and families about their individual diagnosis and treatment options.
          • Provide ACS personal health care manager packet to patient and provide education on their cancer diagnosis.
          • Enroll patients in Expectation Management and Medical Information (EMMI) program.
          • Plan and coordinate referrals to Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology when appropriate.
        • 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 with physicians, nurses, and allied health care professionals to discuss and determine the best treatment plan for each newly diagnosed patient with cancer.
          • Accurately records treatment plans discussed at conferences and communicates information with appropriate providers.
          • Provide appropriate follow-up with patients regarding their treatment plan.
        • Refers patients to appropriate cancer support programs and resources within the cancer center and community.
        • Teaches patients and families about cancer prevention, screening guidelines, diagnosis, treatment options, clinical research trials, and the importance of early detection.
        • Facilitates education and participation in clinical research trials as appropriate.
        • Assists with the development of an ongoing survivorship plan. Ensure plan is documented in the Electronic Medical Record.

      • Promotes a Culture of safety by:
        • Assures compliance with the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals.
        • Monitors on an ongoing basis environmental safety issues and appropriate interventions.
        • Assures completion and follow-up on Variance reports and patient safety.
        • Reports issues/trends to Lead Navigator.
        • Participates in identification, analysis and reduction of risk issues.

      • Facilitates planning and provides education to patients and families about their individual 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.

      • Refers patients to appropriate support programs and resources within the center and community.

      • Actively participate in Cancer Care Committee meetings and Performance Improvement activities.
        • Regularly monitors quality indicators as defined by the Cancer Committees.
        • Reports measurement results to the committees and facilities the implementation of identified opportunities to improve care.
        • Participate in accreditation preparations and Cancer Program on-site survey.

      • Promote Cancer Services in the community through a variety of venues (e.g., health fairs, business luncheons, cancer screenings, etc.).
        • Promotes information in the community.

    • 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, Living Our Values/AIDET and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

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Date Posted August 19, 2022
Date Closes October 18, 2022
Requisition 25899
Located In Council bluffs, IA
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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