Oncology Nurse Clinician, GYN Oncolgy
The Oncology Nurse Clinician works collaboratively with physicians and other health team members to lead the development and delivery of high quality, efficient patient care . Responsible for the management of care for patients with oncologic diagnoses in the outpatient ambulatory practice.. Responsible for ensuring that all educational needs, including age-specific and cultural needs, are addressed for patients/families/significant others, and is available to them for consultation. The Oncology Nurse Clinician oversees and directs the care provided by assitive personnel. Assumes a role in collaborating to establish and implement policies/procedures and standards of care for the program. Acts as an advocate for the patient/family/significant others. Follows the Oncology Nursing Society guidelines and recommendations.
The practice nurse in the clinic acts as a link between patients and care providers to assist patients/families/caregivers and facilitate patient care. Possesses knowledge of chemotherapy, biotherapy, immunotherapy and related symptom management and supportive care measures. Responsible for phone triage, symptom management, and overall coordination of care.
1) Responsible for coordination of services/treatments for individual patients and their families, including communication and/or coordination with physicians, providers and other healthcare disciplines. Utilizes multidisciplinary approach to implement plan of care for patients and families.
2) Provides collaborative backup coverage for fellow Oncology Nurse Clinicians. Optimizes the use of team resources by establishing patient priorities based on patient needs and keeping team members advised of needs and plan.
3) Conducts a patient history and assessment of patients including assessment of biophysical needs, psychosocial needs, performance status score, pain level and pain management needs, medication evaluation, toxicity assessment, self-care needs, educational needs, spiritual and emotional needs, and discharge/transfer needs (e.g. community care needs) as well as assessing any clinical changes from the last visit.
4) Utilizes evidence-based clinical knowledge to prioritize and formulate a plan of care based on patient/family needs. In collaboration with physician/provider and other nursing collegues/disciplines, responsible for direct patient care and symptom managment including but not limited to: pain management, symptom management, toxicity assessment and managment, etc. Evaluates effectiveness of medication, medication changes or the need for any prescription refills. Serves as an advocate on issues related to the clinical changes and physical status of patients.
5) In collaboration with Nurse Practitioner, responsible for meeting all educational needs for patient and family regarding their disease and treatment-related information..
6) The Oncology Nurse Clinician is customer focused and responsible for maintaining positive working relationships with key customers, internally and externally (e.g. providers, departments, patients, families, co-workers).
Required Work Experience:
1) A minimum of 3 years of medical-surgical experience required
Preferred Work Experience:
1) Oncology experience strongly preferred as is experience working n womens health
Skills and Competencies:
1) Computer skills, strong interpersonal skills, communication and team work, knowledge of oncology care and protocols, knowledge of chemotherapy, biotherapy, immunotherapy, IV therapy and related supportive measures
Bachelor of Science: Nursing, Diploma in Nursing (Required)
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