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Nurse Navigator, RN, BSN, Hematology / Oncology
Category: Nursing, Oncology
Job Requisition: 17020
Department: Hematology / Oncology
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
As part of an essential component of cancer care services, this position is expected to provide professional nursing care for a disease-specific subset of oncology patients. Navigation services are expected to provide individualized assistance to patient entering the healthcare system. This is done by helping to overcome barriers and facilitate timely access to quality oncology care. Functions to advance the clinical mission and goals of Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer. This is done in collaboration with the divisions of General Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Gastroenterology. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Medstar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

  • LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION: Registered Nurse license in the District of Columbia. BLS certification preferred. OCN certification or eligibility within 6 months of hire preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: Three years of professional clinical experience. At least one year of oncology or outpatient experience highly desirable.
  • SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: : Knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care. Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care. Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.

Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Performs professional clinical service in the outpatient clinical setting, including, but not limited to, patient assessment, communication between patient and provider, communication between MGUH and referring physicians, identifying and decreasing  barriers to care, and assisting patients who are new to MGUH Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in obtaining prompt access to an oncology provider that is in alignment with patient needs.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with physicians and all disciplines involved in the patient’s care to ensure timely progress toward the best clinical outcome in the most cost-effective manner.
  • Facilitates the evaluation of patients by interfacing with referring physicians, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, general surgeons, clinical research coordinators, scheduling coordinators, consultants, insurance coordinators, and social workers. Has primary responsibility for the planning, implementation and evaluation of this process.
  • Coordinates the complex management and education of patients to ensure seamless integration with the healthcare team. Works closely with the scheduling team to ensure prompt facilitation of appointment(s) with providers.
  • Greets patients and prepares them for physician evaluations. Screens patients for appropriate information. Instructs patients in the collection of samples and completion of tests. Performs patient telephone triage, assesses needs and coordinates needs with medical staff.
  • Maintains and reviews patient records, charts and other pertinent information. Posts test and examination results. Obtains and reviews consent forms, treatment plans and side effects as appropriate. Discusses potential complications with patient and family. Obtains relevant radiographic images performed at outside institutions for review prior to clinic visit and coordinates performance of relevant Georgetown radiographic procedures. Enters preliminary patient history information into electronic medical record in advance of physician visit.
  • Schedules in-services and education sessions with patients, families and healthcare professionals. Identifies communication barriers, financial concerns and cultural factors to overcome disparities in care.
  • Identifies opportunities for patient participation in clinical trials whenever feasible. Communicates information to research coordinators and referring physicians as necessary to promote enrollment. Remains educated on trials available and supports the research mission of Lombardi.
  • Tracks and reports clinical outcomes and other performance data elements to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes. Manages appropriate database to support this reporting function. Provides all relevant information to appropriate preauthorization staff to ensure appropriate care access.
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.

The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
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MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.

MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.

A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.

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