Navigator-Thoracic Onc Clinic-Scarborough Campus
Maine Medical Center - Portland, ME

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Summary of Position Description

The Oncology Nurse Navigator will guide patients through the care continuum, establishing contact with recurrent and newly diagnosed cancer patients and/or family member, or caregiver. The Patient Navigator will understand the clinical pathways established by the MMC Oncology Program and will direct the patients to health care services within the organization, at outside facilities, and within the community for timely diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The Patient Navigator will actively identify and address barriers to care that might keep the patient from receiving timely and appropriate treatment for their cancer diagnosis. The Patient Navigator will connect patients with resources, health care and support services in their communities and assist the patient and oncology physicians in the transition from active treatment to survivorship. The Patient Navigator will work closely with the MMC Oncology Program and community based service providers (i.e. ACS, Cancer Community Center, MeHealth LRC) to identify and address community needs for cancer screening services and education regarding cancer prevention and early detection. The Patient Navigator will be responsible for ongoing evaluation and quality improvement of the Navigator Program and with support from the Oncology program and provide supporting data for quality initiatives.

This nurse navigator position will support the expanding outpatient Thoracic Oncology Clinic and be a key member in multidiscilinicary team. This position will specifically support the Esophageal Cancer population and provide cross coverage to the UGI/ Thoracic patient. The ideal candidate should have the following: 5 years surgical/oncology experience, BSN or matriculation into BSN program, Oncology certification or eligibility to sit for OCN exam after one year. Proficiency in outpatient triage, comfort in public speaking and some program development

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

Ability to identify potential crisis situations involving patients and/or families and to initiate appropriate action.

Ability to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks and to work independently with limited supervision.

Computer proficiency

Strong problem solving and advocacy skills

Experience in community outreach is desirable.

Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

Ability to build and maintain solid interdepartmental relationships

Experience working with oncology patients and families preferred

Oncology Certification or defined process for achievement of certification is required.

Evidence of minimal ongoing education to maintain oncology certification

Knowledgeable about the breadth and accessibility of community resources.

Experience working in medical settings and interacting collaboratively with medical teams

Demonstrated competency in applying evidence based knowledge, theory, practices, principles, and processes of professional nursing.

Compassionate, articulate and patient

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

Current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Maine.

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