MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
- Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Baccalaureate degree required; baccalaureate in nursing preferred
- Minimum of 1 year (or equivalent) of oncology nursing experience
- Certification in Oncology Nursing, OCN, AOCN, or CPON preferred
Assumes nursing care responsibilities for a defined group of patients within the program, including but not limited to assessment, education, coordination, and documentation.
- Facilitates individualized care within the context of functional status, cultural consideration, health literacy, psychosocial, reproductive/fertility, and spiritual needs for patients, families and caregivers.
- Supports a smooth transition of patients from active treatment into survivorship, chronic cancer management, or end-of-life care.
- Assists patients with cancer with issues related to treatment goals, advanced directives, palliative care, and end-of-life concerns using an ethical framework that is nonjudgmental and nondiscriminatory.
- Acts as a liaison between the patients, families, and caregivers and the providers to optimize outcomes.
- Advocates for patients to promote patient centered care that includes shared decision making and patient goals of care with optimal outcomes
- Provides psychosocial support to and facilitates appropriate referrals for patients, families and caregivers
- Contributes to ONN program and role development, implementation, and evaluation within the healthcare system and community
- Participates in the tracking and monitoring of metrics and outcomes, in collaboration with administration, to document and evaluate outcomes of the navigation program
- Functions as the primary nursing contact for care delivered within the physician practice setting.
- Engages in collaborative decision making, utilizing available data expertise and wisdom of the collective
- Manages patient care across the continuum, including new patient calls, and making appropriate referrals as necessary.
- Works collaboratively and functions as an effective member of the health care team.
- Monitors the environment of care with attention to patient safety, and assures compliance with regulatory agency standards.
- Maintains clinical practice that is evidence-based and consistent with nursing policies, procedures and standards.
- Provides care based on age-specific needs of the patient.
- Adheres to the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2001) in all aspects of professional practice.
- Complies with accepted standards of professional nursing practice that is evidence- based and consistent with policy, and procedures determined by DFCI as well as with all licensure/registration requirements applicable to the nursing role.
- Fosters an environment that is sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, and age.
- Identifies areas for professional growth.
- Formulates professional goals, objectives and methods for accomplishing these.
- Serves as representative on Nursing and Institute committees, including the Program Nurse Committee
- Supports research activities within the Nursing and Patient Care Services and the Institute.
- Meets all annual evaluation requirements and competencies within the established time period.
- Collaborates in preparing professional reports, articles, and presentations for colleagues and the public.
- Pursues active membership in local and national professional organizations.
- Commitment to continuous learning and improvement through a high spirit of inquiry, innovation and mentoring.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Demonstrated ability to work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
- Demonstrated skills in critical thinking, effective communication, organizational skills, problem solving, and ability to make appropriate independent decisions.
PATIENT CONTACT: Yes- Demonstrates understanding of special needs and behaviors of age groups of the population served: all age groups, infants to geriatric.