Under administrative direction, the Oncology Nurse Coordinator will offer individualized assistance to patients and their support systems to help overcome healthcare system barriers. The Nurse Coordinator provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum. The Nurse Coordinator will be the point of contact for a specific group of patients, to include hematologic malignancies, solid tumors and breast cancer patients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordination of Care
Assess and address barriers to care
Match unmet needs with appropriate services, works with physician to obtain appropriate referrals and available support systems during all stages of the cancer continuum
Develop knowledge of available local, community, national resources
Participates in coordination of the plan of care with the multidisciplinary team
Facilitates timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing/procedures, lab work to expedite the plan of care and maintain continuity of care
Facilitates individualized care within the context of functional status, cultural consideration, health literacy, psychosocial, reproductive/fertility and spiritual needs
Supports a smooth transition from active treatment, into survivorship, chronic cancer management, or end of life care
Liaison between patients and providers to optimize outcomes
Determine care coordination needs for hospital admissions and post discharge needs
Provide appropriate clinical support, counseling, education for patients as first point of contact, alert provider to urgent situations
Review medication list and ensure patient has access to necessary medications
Preparation for new patient’s and returning patient’s clinic visit, to include obtaining information needed during visit, for example lab work, radiology, pathology
Ensure completion of paperwork provided by patients and caregivers for FMLA, disability
Documents nursing progress note in the EMR at each encounter
Supports infusion suite under special circumstances
Facilitates/participates in daily Chemotherapy huddle
Education of patients and caregivers
Assess educational needs patients and support system by taking into consideration barriers to care, and current clinical needs
Provides and reinforces education to patients and support system about diagnosis, treatment options, side effect management, post treatment care and survivorship
Orients and educates patients and caregivers to cancer healthcare system, multidisciplinary team members and roles and available resources
Educates and reinforces the significance of adherence with patients and caregivers regarding treatment schedules, protocols, and follow up
Provides anticipatory guidance and manages expectations to assist patients in coping with the diagnosis of cancer and potential or expected outcomes
Obtains or develops oncology-related education materials for patients, caregivers and staff
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred
Licensure: Current DC Licensure as a registered Nurse, or evidence of application submission.
Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN)
Experience: Five years of experience in Oncology nursing. Proof of completion of Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course.
Competencies: Basic computer skills, ability to input and analyze data in EMR. Ability to develop collaborative relationships internally and externally. Ability to work autonomously and in teams. Strong verbal and written skills.