Oncology Nurse Navigator

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
Published
June 11, 2021
Location
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Job Description
Job Title:
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Job ID:
48600
Location:
 
Full/Part Time:
Full-Time
Regular/Temporary:
Regular
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Major Duties

Oncology Nurse Navigator

JOB SUMMARY:  Independently plans and provides professional navigation assessment and patient/family education and facilitates ongoing coordination of care for the cancer patient who is in active treatment. Provides nursing services to patients and families in accordance with the scope of the RN as defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Directs and leads other assigned team members and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members to provide age/developmentally appropriate care in accordance with nursing standards of care and practice.

Collaborates with physicians, medical professionals and other staff to ensure the quality of care given. Provides navigation for the adolescent, adult or geriatric patient (as defined in the unit scope of care).  Plans, implements and measures navigation needs for the designated cancer patient population.  Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and if necessary, delegating patient navigation services to a specified group of patients.  Utilizes knowledge of the principles of growth and development appropriate to the patient?s age to ensure that care provided meets the unique, physical and psychosocial needs of the patient.  Involves appropriate parties (i.e. patient?s family or guardian, outside agencies) in the assessment, treatment and continuing care of the patient as needed.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  Graduation from accredited School of Nursing with a BSN required. Two years of oncology nursing required.  Patient navigation experience/certification preferred.

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, and/or REGISTRATION:  Current license as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina and Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1.   Coordinates communication between multidisciplinary team, patient navigators and other healthcare providers, patient and family members. Provides patient/family centered care, acting as partner and adviser, assists and supports patients and families to manage the cancer care, respecting culture and values, individual needs, health goals and treatment preferences.
2.   Applies critical reasoning and astute clinical judgment in order to expedite appropriate care and treatment. Collaborates with the health care team, patient, and family in planning patient care to facilitate patient care/outcomes as designated on the interdisciplinary plan of care.
3.   Facilitates continuity of care using the nursing process, multidisciplinary collaboration, and coordination of appropriate health care services and community resources across the care continuum. Interacts with patients during face-to-face encounters or through a variety of telecommunication strategies, often establishing long-term relationships. Provides the cancer patient and family with education, advocacy and resource support throughout the continuum of care.
4.   Focuses on patient safety and quality by applying appropriate nursing interventions, such as identifying and clarifying patient needs, conducting health education, promoting patient advocacy, coordinating nursing and other health services, assisting the patient to navigate the health care system, and evaluating patient outcomes.
5.   Documents patient care encounters and communication with healthcare team members as it relates to patient care needs and outcomes. Collaborates with Survivorship Program to facilitate patient transition into survivorship care, including maintenance and completion of the Survivorship Care Plan documentation.
6.   Applies the provisions of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses for professional obligations and the patients entrusted to their care. Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate assistance or educational offerings.  Demonstrates the ability to function in a professional setting through active participation in a professional practice model.  Includes participating in shared governance, adherence to standards of care, participation in peer review and professional development promoting leadership and clinical excellence, effective team skills, autonomous practice and acknowledgment of accountability for actions and critical thinking. Pursues lifelong learning that updates and expands their clinical, organizational, and professional roles and responsibilities.
7.   Knowledgeable about and provides leadership in the clinical setting.  Provides operational accountability for and coordination of navigation services including the appropriate skill mix and delegation of roles and responsibilities for unlicensed personnel.
8.   Designs, administers, and evaluates nursing services within the organization in accord with relevant federal requirements, state laws and nurse practice acts, regulatory standards, and institutional policies and procedures.
9.   Participates in regular team meetings and continuous quality improvement activities. Actively participates in analysis of pertinent data to identify variances and opportunities for improvement processes specifically related to cancer patient treatment process.
10. Maintains knowledge of internal and external resources for coordination of patient care, self-management, population management and communication skill.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:
Ability to assess educational, clinical, psychosocial needs of cancer patients in active treatment as well as family needs
Ability to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors, healthcare team, physicians, leadership and others
Ability to teach patients and families in accordance with the nursing plan of care
Ability to use the computer and learn new software programs
Ability to document/communicate pertinent information using computer and/or paper documentation tools
Ability to withstand prolonged standing and walking with the ability to move or lift at least fifty pounds
Working knowledge of infection control procedures and safety precautions
Working knowledge and completion of appropriate TJC and other regulatory requirements

Generic Job Description

JOB SUMMARY:  Independently plans and provides professional navigation assessment and patient/family education and facilitates ongoing coordination of care for the cancer patient who is in active treatment. Provides nursing services to patients and families in accordance with the scope of the RN as defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Directs and leads other assigned team members and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members to provide age/developmentally appropriate care in accordance with nursing standards of care and practice.

Collaborates with physicians, medical professionals and other staff to ensure the quality of care given. Provides navigation for the adolescent, adult or geriatric patient (as defined in the unit scope of care).  Plans, implements and measures navigation needs for the designated cancer patient population.  Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, evaluating and if necessary, delegating patient navigation services to a specified group of patients.  Utilizes knowledge of the principles of growth and development appropriate to the patient?s age to ensure that care provided meets the unique, physical and psychosocial needs of the patient.  Involves appropriate parties (i.e. patient?s family or guardian, outside agencies) in the assessment, treatment and continuing care of the patient as needed.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:  Graduation from accredited School of Nursing with a BSN required. Two years of oncology nursing required.  Patient navigation experience/certification preferred.

LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, and/or REGISTRATION:  Current license as a Registered Nurse in the State of North Carolina and Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1.   Coordinates communication between multidisciplinary team, patient navigators and other healthcare providers, patient and family members. Provides patient/family centered care, acting as partner and adviser, assists and supports patients and families to manage the cancer care, respecting culture and values, individual needs, health goals and treatment preferences.
2.   Applies critical reasoning and astute clinical judgment in order to expedite appropriate care and treatment. Collaborates with the health care team, patient, and family in planning patient care to facilitate patient care/outcomes as designated on the interdisciplinary plan of care.
3.   Facilitates continuity of care using the nursing process, multidisciplinary collaboration, and coordination of appropriate health care services and community resources across the care continuum. Interacts with patients during face-to-face encounters or through a variety of telecommunication strategies, often establishing long-term relationships. Provides the cancer patient and family with education, advocacy and resource support throughout the continuum of care.
4.   Focuses on patient safety and quality by applying appropriate nursing interventions, such as identifying and clarifying patient needs, conducting health education, promoting patient advocacy, coordinating nursing and other health services, assisting the patient to navigate the health care system, and evaluating patient outcomes.
5.   Documents patient care encounters and communication with healthcare team members as it relates to patient care needs and outcomes. Collaborates with Survivorship Program to facilitate patient transition into survivorship care, including maintenance and completion of the Survivorship Care Plan documentation.
6.   Applies the provisions of the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses for professional obligations and the patients entrusted to their care. Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate assistance or educational offerings.  Demonstrates the ability to function in a professional setting through active participation in a professional practice model.  Includes participating in shared governance, adherence to standards of care, participation in peer review and professional development promoting leadership and clinical excellence, effective team skills, autonomous practice and acknowledgment of accountability for actions and critical thinking. Pursues lifelong learning that updates and expands their clinical, organizational, and professional roles and responsibilities.
7.   Knowledgeable about and provides leadership in the clinical setting.  Provides operational accountability for and coordination of navigation services including the appropriate skill mix and delegation of roles and responsibilities for unlicensed personnel.
8.   Designs, administers, and evaluates nursing services within the organization in accord with relevant federal requirements, state laws and nurse practice acts, regulatory standards, and institutional policies and procedures.
9.   Participates in regular team meetings and continuous quality improvement activities. Actively participates in analysis of pertinent data to identify variances and opportunities for improvement processes specifically related to cancer patient treatment process.
10. Maintains knowledge of internal and external resources for coordination of patient care, self-management, population management and communication skill.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:
Ability to assess educational, clinical, psychosocial needs of cancer patients in active treatment as well as family needs
Ability to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
Communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors, healthcare team, physicians, leadership and others
Ability to teach patients and families in accordance with the nursing plan of care
Ability to use the computer and learn new software programs
Ability to document/communicate pertinent information using computer and/or paper documentation tools
Ability to withstand prolonged standing and walking with the ability to move or lift at least fifty pounds
Working knowledge of infection control procedures and safety precautions
Working knowledge and completion of appropriate TJC and other regulatory requirements

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Subject to highly stressful and crowded conditions
Moderate noise environment
Handles emergency or crisis situations
Subject to many interruptions
Handles absentee replacement on short notice
Required to wear PPE

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
0% 35% 65%
to to to
35% 65% 100% N/A Activity
X Standing
X Walking
X Sitting
X Bending
X Reaching with arms
X Finger and hand dexterity
X Talking
X Hearing
X Seeing
Lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling:
X 20 lbs. maximum
X 50 lbs. maximum
X 100 lbs. maximum

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-6464.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at accommodationrequest@wakehealth.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

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