Under the direction of the Cancer Center Manager, the Thoracic Oncology Nurse navigates cancer patients through the continuum of cancer care providing education, interpretation, emotional support, support group opportunities, etc. for oncology patients and their care givers. The nurse serves as the primary point of contact coordinating and collaborating with multiple physician specialties for care planning and services across the continuum of care effectively utilizing resources and multidisciplinary teams to identify and eliminate barriers to care in order to achieve an optimal clinical outcome for the patient and their caregivers. The nurse participates in Cancer Center tumor conferences, disease site steering committees, health fairs and education sessions supporting education and program development.
· Demonstrates the knowledge, skill and coordination to provide nursing care and guidance to the cancer patient from first contact and throughout follow-up, serving as an essential link between patients and all other care providers.
· Systematically and continually performs the functions of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care according to NCCN guidelines, CHI Saint Joseph Health standards of practice, and ONS Standards of Practice
· Facilitates the coordination of patient care services to assure excellence in patient care and patient flow by: a) following the patient through the care continuum/experience, eliminating operational (i.e. scheduling, test results, etc) barriers to service; b) working closely with other health care disciplines to ensure timely appointments, results reporting, financial need referrals, communication, patient care and follow-up.
· Interfaces with other healthcare teams for appropriate referrals/services such as the social worker, pastoral care, dietician, dental hygienist, community services, financial counselor, pharmacy coordination, home care, cancer rehabilitation, clinical research nurses, survivorship nurse Oncology, palliative care, hospice, smoking cessation, etc.
· Initiates and documents patient teaching including family and significant others based on assessment of needs, including responding to patient request for information regarding the disease process, expected side effects of treatment and community resources. Documents the above appropriately as well as communicating teaching completed to the patients other health care providers as appropriate.
· Tracks and communicates monthly referrals by disease site and distribution as requested.
· Continually assesses the patients treatment progress and educational needs, making adjustments to care based on the assessment; consults with primary physician or designee and other members of the care delivery team as needed; refer to appropriate physicians, NPs or programs when needed.
· Collaboratively works with clinical research nurses, facilitating patient referrals for potential clinical trial candidates, communicates patient care needs and schedule with the clinical trial nurse if patient accepted into a trial, negotiates patient care and teaching responsibilities with the clinical trial nurse when the patient is on a clinical trial
· Active participant on the multidisciplinary care team and conferences, providing specific patient care information pertinent to the patient, follows up on patient care recommendations following the multidisciplinary conferences, and when necessary, facilitates the multidisciplinary conference.
· Facilitate/organize patient support groups as appropriate
· Serves as a resource for community educational events such as health fairs, screenings, support groups and utilizes the resources of CHI Saint Joseph Health.
· Coordinates pertinent patient information, notifying appropriate MDs from pathology, radiology, medical oncology, radiation therapy, surgeons and research staff and follow up on all patient care recommendation made.
· Must have a current RN license to practice in the state of Kentucky.
Experience (required and preferred):
· Minimum of 5 years of experience in inpatient or outpatient oncology, surgical services or related experience required. Experience/knowledge in a community health setting or services desirable.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience
Internal Number: 2019-R0223307
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
MISSION & VISION
The Mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
Our Vision is to live up to our name as one CHI:
Catholic – Living our Mission and Core Values;
Health – Improving the health of the people and communities we serve;
Initiatives – Pioneering models and systems of care to enhance care delivery.
LIVING THE CORE VALUES OF CHI
1. REVERENCE: Respecting diverse viewpoints and working together to bring out the best in everyone.
2. INTEGRITY: Being open and honest in all of our interactions.
3. COMPASSION: Caring for the whole person and the greater good of others.
4. EXCELLENCE: Doing our best work, providing quality care and service, and achieving our goals.
CHI STANDARDIZED COMPETENCIES
Takes full responsibility for the conduct and results of own work. Holds self/ others accountable for goal attainment. Demonstrates an understanding of the link between one’s own job responsibilities and overall or...ganizational goals, priorities and needs.
2. Adaptability / Flexibility
Understands and appreciates different and opposing perspectives on an issue. Adapts one’s approach as situations change and accepts changes within one’s own job or the organization at large.
Takes appropriate independent action, addresses issues proactively, engages in problem solving, generates new ideas and solutions, seeks out new responsibilities and acts on opportunities for self-development.
4. Integrity & Spirituality
Is open and honest in all interactions. Acts with moral wholeness, soundness and truthfulness.
Is attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to error prevention, monitors, owns and acts on quality work. Looks for and participates in opportunities for process improvements.
Learns and practices safety as a personal priority in your work. Addresses potential safety concerns. Willing to address unsafe behaviors in others. Commits to team safety.
7. Service Excellence
Builds confidence, is committed to increasing satisfaction, sets achievable expectations, assumes responsibility for solving problems, ensures commitments are met, solicits opinions and ideas and responds to patients, coworkers, physicians, and all other stakeholders. Maintains pleasant and professional image.
Collaborates with others to achieve common goals. Listens, works to resolve conflicts, supports and upholds team decisions. Builds constructive relationships by appreciating and respecting the diversity and contributions of others. Promotes an overall positive team atmosphere.