University of Chicago Medicine

  • Oncology Nurse Navigator

    Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(12/5/2018 12:02 PM)
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  • Job Description

    The Nurse Navigator is a nurse with expertise in oncology who acts as clinician, care coordinator, educator, advocate, counselor and consultant to achieve optimal outcomes. The Oncology Nurse Navigator would address patient needs through the continuum to optimize the care process and provide education; improve timeliness of care and coordinate complex care processes; and develop plans for long term and survivorship care. 


    The Oncology Nurse Navigator works collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team. This position provides support and guidance, linking patients and their families to healthcare services that meet their needs and serving as a communication bridge among and between patients, families and members of the cancer care team.  The Oncology Nurse Coordinator coordinates resources into a seamless model of access, care and support that benefits patient, family members and participating physician. 


    1. Reviews treatment plan, available treatment options, applicable research protocols available, what to expect in terms of side effects, what are likely outcomes, what rehabilitative support and complementary services are available (i.e. Cancer Support Center, Faye's Light, American Cancer Society).
    2. Serves as the liaison or link between providers, offering support with arranging appointments to ensure timely and coordinated delivery of care and services.
    3. Serves as the consistent point of contact for patients to address questions related to the plan of care, symptom management, ongoing education, and service referrals.
    4. Reinforces availability to address questions and assist as needed throughout treatment.
    5. Communicates patient needs and support requirements with treating physicians and ancillary providers through individual contacts and participation in cancer conferences.
    6. Develops patient education programs and tools. 



    Graduation from an accredited school of nursing, BSN preferred: Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Illinois and at least 3 years of experience. Experience with Electronic Health Records. 


    Demonstrated use of clinical skills and expertise in site specific diseases, treatment options, research protocols, and psychosocial impact of disease on recovery.


    Ability to comprehensively assess patient’s physical and psychosocial status.


    Ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate, implement and monitor the care management proves and treatment plan for patients.


    Ability to communicate openly and empathetically with patients and families.


    Ability to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team to develop and implement the care plan.


    Ability to develop and implement educational programs.


    Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including professional staff, patients, community, media, and other external agencies.


    Knowledge of adult learning competencies and patient teaching skills.


    Demonstrated management skills reflecting self motivation, initiative and fiscal responsibility.


    Tolerance of ambiguity and the flexibility to respond to changing system needs.


    Working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Office and patient management database products.


    Superior written and verbal skills are essential, including the ability to communicate in easily understandable language complicated research principles to healthy volunteer study population.


    Must have a working knowledge of computers, medical conditions, research techniques, and the application of clinical research.


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