Adventist Health is more than an award-winning health system. We provide whole-person care to our communities and champion the greater good - from the operating room to the boardroom, we are driven by our unique passion to live God's love through health, wholeness and hope. From Oregon to Oahu, we have a calling to always do more. Now is your chance to apply your passion to our mission.
We're looking for someone to join our team an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) who provides appropriate and timely education to patients, families and caregivers to facilitate understanding and support informed decision making.
The Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) will be an Advanced Practice Nurse with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. Using the nursing process, this Navigator will provide education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.
See our career website: https://www.adventisthealth.org/napa-valley/pages/about-us/careers.aspx
Assess and address barriers to care: Barriers to quality cancer care differ among diagnoses, phases of their cancer care experience from entry to survivorship, and from patient to patient. The role of the Oncology Nurse Navigator is to carefully assess patients for their unique barriers and to address those barriers in an individual way.
Provide education, resources, and referrals: Providing education, resources, and referrals to local and national resources (i.e., physical/occupational therapy, dietitians, home health, financial counselors, and foundations) are at the heart of the Oncology Nurse Navigator role.
Facilitate shared decision making: Shared decision making involves ensuring that patients are fully informed of risks and benefits of treatment options and that their values and preferences are integrated into treatment decisions. The Oncology Nurse Navigator will facilitate shared decision making and engage patients in their care by forming trusting relationships and addressing patients’ communication and health literacy needs at all phases of their care.
Promote advance care planning: The Oncology Nurse Navigator will promote advance care planning by encouraging patients to talk about their treatment wishes and overall goals of care. The Oncology Nurse Navigator will help patients formulate questions to discuss with their healthcare providers
Support palliative care: The Oncology Nurse Navigator will support patients’ use of palliative care services by assessing for late and long-term side effects and other physical barriers to patients’ quality of life. The Oncology Nurse Navigator will be instrumental in helping patients understand the difference between palliative care and hospice.
Interviews patients, employees, and/or family members. Constructs comprehensive medical histories. Performs initial and periodic physical examinations. Evaluates patient behavior and explores patient's interpretation of health needs. Works under the scope of practice of a nurse practitioner and as an agent of the physician.
Directly performs or orders appropriate diagnostic studies and interprets finished results.
Provides treatment of patients as needed, including administering medications and/or vaccines and performing procedures. Works under the scope of practice of a nurse practitioner and as an agent of the physician.
Writes orders to increase, decrease, or change medication (subject to checking and medical consultation as indicated).
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Strong oncology knowledge. Certifications like OCN®, AOCN®, AOCNS®, AOCNP®, and CHPON® all demonstrate specific knowledge of cancer care for a specific patient population (i.e., adult or pediatric). Additional certifications, such as CBCN® and BMTCN®, speak to the unique care needs and requirements of even more specific patient populations and may be beneficial for ONNs working in those sub-specialties.
Basic knowledge of insurance reimbursement systems
Working knowledge of financial hardships and payer coverage
Working knowledge of national, regional, and community resources
Knowledge of self-care strategies and resources
Strong leadership skills
Obtains or develops oncology-related education materials for patients, staff, and community members as appropriate
Collaborates with the cancer committee and administration to perform and evaluate data from the community needs assessment to identify areas of improvement that will affect the patient navigation process and program and participate in quality improvement based on identified service gaps
In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, builds partnerships with local agencies and groups that may assist with cancer patient care, support, or educational needs.
Education (of patients, caregivers, colleagues, and community partners)
Assesses educational needs of patients, families, and caregivers taking into consideration barriers to care
Provides and reinforces education to patients, families, and caregivers about diagnosis, treatment options, side effect management, and post-treatment care and survivorship
Coordination of Care
Assesses patient needs upon initial encounter and periodically throughout navigation, matching unmet needs with appropriate services and referrals and support services, such as dietitians, providers, social work, and financial services
Coordinate multidisciplinary planning conferences, develop concise patient summaries for use by the care team, and document recommendations made utilizing standardized care protocols in accordance with nationally recognized care guidelines.
Demonstrates knowledge of clinical guidelines (e.g., National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Joint Committee on Cancer) and specialty resources (e.g., ONS Putting Evidence Into Practice resources) throughout the disease process
If incumbent is a Nurse Practitioner, coordination of care would include writing orders for next steps in the diagnostic process, risk stratification, and reviewing results with the patient and educating and advising them on the next steps in their care journey.
Builds therapeutic and trusting relationships with patients, families, and caregivers through effective communication and listening skills
Acts as a liaison between the patients, families, and caregivers and the providers to optimize patient outcomes
You'll be successful with the following qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree: Required
Active California licensed, RN, BSN or OCN (preferred)*see below
Oncology nursing experience, with breast cancer/women’s health preferred
Certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®), or Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®) strongly preferred
Two years relevant clinical experience: Preferred
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification: Required
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification: Required
Nurse Practitioner (NP) licensure in state of practice: Desired but not required
Registered Nurse (RN) licensure in state of practice: Required
See above under education
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience.
Internal Number: 07724
About Adventist Health St. Helena Hospital
St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley and St. Helena Center for Behavioral Health are committed to providing compassionate care, promoting prevention and wellness in our community, and offering exceptional specialty care to patients nationwide. This shared vision by physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers has long made St. Helena Hospital an extraordinary place to work. Each team member is driven to achieve the very best care for the body, spirit and soul.
Napa Valley wine country is one of the most beautiful regions in the nation and has so much to offer. It’s a charming place and the quality of life is unsurpassed. There is truly something for everyone. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure there are mountains to climb, trails to hike and lakes to kayak. If a day of relaxation and rejuvenation is needed there are a number of luxurious spas ready to pamper you. And if you want a night out on the town there are scores of popular restaurants with top-rated chefs. We are also a short distance from the perfect weekend getaways: the rugged northern California coast, the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada mountains, and the city lights of San Francisco.
Our hospital culture and location c...reate a perfect balance for a rewarding career and incredible life. It genuinely is a great place to work and live.
As an employee you will have opportunities to be innovative and challenged. We have earned an enviable reputation as a wellness organization that inspires growth and learning through our reimbursement and educational support programs. And because of our affiliation with other Adventist Health Hospitals, you also have the advantage of working within an established
group of 20 hospitals across the western United States. This gives you opportunities to develop your career and make the most of your unique skills across our family of healthcare facilities.
The Napa Valley lifestyle inspires you to enjoy life to the fullest with a variety of social activities: enjoying a concert in the park, playing Bocce Ball with friends, going for an early morning run past beautiful vineyards or watching your kids play sports in a local league.