Program Nurse in Neuro Oncology / Pediatric Services (40 hrs/week)

Location US-MA-Boston
Job Posted Date 4 weeks ago(1/23/2018 3:38 PM)
Job ID
full time


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

The Neuro Oncology Program Nurse at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides expert clinical consultancy to support care coordination for patients with brain tumors seeking either referral to the Neuro Oncology Program or expert second opinion. As a lead participant in a clinical services team, the program nurse provides a key point of contact for patients and families seeking care.


The Neuro Oncology Program Nurse helps to coordinate the referral of new patients into the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Neuro Oncology Program (DFCI/BCH) and facilitates second opinions for weekly review through our multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Conference (NOC). He/She helps to educate families regarding available therapy options before their arrival to DFCI/BCH and promotes optimal care of Neuro Oncology patients in close collaboration with our New Patient Coordinator. He/she will triage and facilitate second opinions, promotes public awareness of the DFCI/BCH Program, and serve as a liaison between DFCI/BCH and referring institutions to the Neuro Oncology Program.


  1. Works closely with the New Patient Coordinator in the following capacities:
    • Coordinates the induction of new patients into DFCI/BCH Neuro Oncology Program.
    • Triages patient, family and provider contacts to determine patient eligibility for treatment at DFCI/BCH
    • Gathers and organizes data required to assess eligibility for treatment at DFCI/BCH and to facilitate the new patient acceptance process
    • Serves as a resource/contact for referring centers/physicians and new families prior to their initial visit
    • Collaborates with the Neuro Oncology Clinic staff to ensure correct scheduling of new patient evaluations
    • Educates families before their arrival at DFCI/BCH
  2. Triages and facilitates second opinion consultations in collaboration with New Patient Coordinator as it specifically relates to the aforementioned NOC
  • Serves as a resource for physicians/centers seeking consultative input on patient care, in particularly, related to the expertise of our faculty, available clinical trials at DFCI/BCH, and referral to other centers when appropriate
  • summarizes and organizes data required for the medical team to render a consultative opinion
  • Ensures that outside records, scans, and pathology material are available and reviewed prior to review of the case in the Neuro-Oncology conference
  • Actively participates in the Neuro-Oncology conference
  • Maintains files as documentation of DFCI/BCH consult
  • Tracks consultation activities of the Neuro-Oncology faculty as it relates to NOC
  • Ensures that outside records, scans and pathology material are available and reviewed by Neuro Oncology Attending or Fellow staff prior to NOC
  1. Provides overview of evaluation and work-up prior to therapy
  • Responds to general therapy, protocol and tumor-related questions
  • Provides general information regarding other DFCI/BCH services upon parent/patient request (e.g. resources team, psychosocial supports)
  1. Promotes optimal care of Neuro Oncology patients as an integral part of Neuro Oncology Team
  • Serves as a liaison between referring physician/institution and the Neuro Oncology Program to help ensure a smooth transition for patient/family, effective communication with the referring physician and the prompt return of original materials to the external facility if needed
  • Identifies potential problems and helps develop strategies to resolve or minimize issues that could influence the delivery of quality, efficient and organized patient care
  • Facilitates referrals to ancillary services when appropriate
  • Advocates for clear communication between staff and families


  1. Facilitates referral of DFCI/BCH non-international Neuro Oncology patients to other institutions when required
  • Gathers and organizes materials required for patient referral to outside institutions
  • Serves as a liaison between the DFCI/BCH referring physician and the referral institution to ensure a smooth transition for the patient/family, effective communication with the treating physician, and collection of relevant outside medical records


  1. Serves as a resource for overall information regarding the Neuro Oncology program and its patients for other DFCI departments
  • Promotes public awareness of the DFCI/BCH Neuro Oncology Program
  • Develops and maintains content on the Neuro Oncology Program website in collaboration with the internet development team
  • Works closely with the internet development team to create and develop new methods of promoting the program and institutional protocols
  • Develops informational materials about the Neuro Oncology Program appropriate for distribution to potential referring physicians and patient families and manages distribution of these materials


  1. Plans and implements nursing continuing education in compliance with best practices and education with American Nurses Credentialing Center and Massachusetts Nurses’ Association guidelines for continuing education and with the Nursing Education Department's Continuing Education Policy
  • Collaborates with experts, nursing staff and management to assess continuing education needs
  • Plans and implements continuing education activities based on defined learning goals and objectives


  1. Performs other related duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of the department and the institution
  • Triages phone calls that cannot be managed by initial line of triage in Jimmy Fund Clinic
  • Drafts letters of medical necessity if required
  • Completes school or camp forms and/or letters
  • Calls for prior authorization where applicable and/or schedules appointments for NP/attending prior authorization call-in
  • Provides scholarship information for patients upon request
  • Compiles treatment summaries upon request
  • Calls for pharmacy refills if needed and not completed by JFC staff
  • Follows-up outside labs if not completed by JFC staff


  • Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing required. Bachelor's degree preferred.


    Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Four (4) years of nursing experience required
  • Pediatric oncology and/or neuro-oncology experience.

  • Experience with computer software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office) is required

  • Skill and ability in the use of personal computers and computer software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office)

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and ability to relay that terminology in lay language to patients/families

  • Skill and ability to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines and resolve problems

  • Skill and ability to pay close attention to detail

  • Skill and ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing

  • Skill and ability to provide excellent customer service

  • Skill and ability to work both independently and as part of a team which includes neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons, pathologist and radiologists

  • Ability and willingness to learn and assimilate new information

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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