The Medical Oncology Nurse Clinician operates under a clinical case management model to provide care to adult and geriatric patients during all phases of their treatment. Duties are to provide and coordinate patient care, including: direct Medical Oncology clinics to provide for physician patient consultation, initiate processes to ensure labs and test are completed and checked in a timely fashion providing for accommodating schedules. The Nurse Clinician will schedule initial chemotherapies, provide for educational support for patients and their families to enhance family centered care outcomes and interact with triage to provide for an extension of clinical support. The Nurse Clinicians use nursing practice competencies to achieve safe, optimal care for patients and families.
LIST THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THIS POSITION
Clinician oversees the overall operation of the clinics to ensure all patients are seen in a timely fashion, re-scheduled for follow-up appointments, and scheduled for treatments and/or procedures as ordered by the physician.
Clinic duties include a high level of interaction with physicians, initiating chemotherapy orders, comprehensive teaching patient in regard to chemotherapy and side effects, ensuring all lab orders and other test are ordered appropriately.
Demonstrates experience in current care of cancer patients and remains abreast of any changes in current therapies as related to patient treatment and outcomes.
Maintains accurate documentation of observations, treatments, teaching, medications and patient response, pain assessment, critical labs, and all other care rendered.
Possesses knowledge of medications and chemotherapies. Is aware of all polices and procedures related to use and route of medications administered in clinic.
6. Clinician is aware of patient insurance status as it relates to need for preauthorization for medications, test or hospitalization. Clinician will be aware of pharmacy involvement re: acquiring related medications for patient care when no coverage exist.
Clinician evaluates patient outcomes and takes appropriate action to ensure outcomes are measurable and reflect evidence based practice.
Clinician assumes responsibility for all patient care including follow-up with patient, family, physicians, triage, ARNP and other staff in an effort to provide efficient, focused and timely response to patient/family issues. Advises triage relative to staff coverage if primary nurse absent.
Collaborates with clinical trial nurses and physicians to assure compliance with requirements of current clinical studies. Assures proper procedures are followed and proper documentation is in place.
10. Serves as a resource for the patient by providing educational materials and directs patients to community support services and resources. Refers patients to home health care agency as needed to effectively manage the special needs of our extremely ill population
11. Clinician initiates appropriate consent form and follows current policy re: completion of such.
12. Performs other duties assigned by authorized personnel or as required to meet the needs of the facility and patients and their families.
EDUCATION & TRAINING:
Graduation from an accredited/approved school of nursing. BSN preferred.
Three years of oncology patient care experience preferred.
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION:
Current license in Kentucky. CPR required. OCN certification required within two years of employment.