Cancer Navigator RN
Company: CommonSpirit Health
Posted on: January 26, 2023
**Cancer Navigator RN**
MercyOne Central Iowa Clinics
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**Requisition ID** 2022-281529 **Employment Type** Full Time
**Hours/Pay Period** 80 **Shift** Day **Weekly Schedule** Day
**Remote** No **Category** Staff Nurse
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MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit Catholic medical
centers in Des Moines West Des Moines Newton and Centerville and
two specialty hospitals - MercyOne Children's Hospital in Des
Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds
total) - along with more than 20 additional facilities that house
more than 50 primary care pediatric internal medicine and specialty
clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893 MercyOne Central
Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines
and is also one of the largest employers in the state with more
than 7000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1000
physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a
member of MercyOne which was founded in 1998 through a
collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health - two
of the country's foremost not-for-profit Catholic health
organizations. MercyOne has more than 20000 colleagues in Iowa and
MercyOne provides you with the same level of care you provide for
others. We care about our employees' well-being and offer benefits
that complement work/life balance.
**We offer the following benefits to support you and your
+ Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
+ Flexible spending accounts
+ Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and
+ Free Premium Membership to care.comwith preloaded credits for
children and/or dependent adults
+ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and your family
+ Paid Time Off (PTO)
+ Tuition Assistance for career growth and development
+ Matching 401(k) and 457(b) Retirement Programs
+ Wellness Program
+ Coordinate patient care (scheduling, care transitions,
communication, referrals for services), in collaboration with
physicians and the broader care delivery team and across the
continuum of care (oncology clinic offices, primary care clinic
offices, palliative care, hospice, inpatient, ancillary services,
and community resources).
1. Assess patients' current and future needs across a broad
spectrum of medical, psychosocial and financial aspects and make
referrals to internal and external resources as appropriate.
2. Serve as the primary point of contact between Cancer Resource
Center resources and patients.
+ Provide nursing care and guidance to the cancer patient from
first contact and throughout follow-up - through the care
continuum, serving as an essential link between patients and all
other care providers, eliminating operational (i.e. scheduling,
test results, etc.) barriers to service, and working closely with
other health care disciplines to ensure timely appointments,
results reporting, financial need referrals, communication, patient
care and follow-up. May include accompanying patients to
appointments (particularly if there are multiple barriers to care)
and/or, providing clarification and literacy-level-appropriate
education related to the visit.
1. Visit new consults / referrals in a variety of settings
(hospital, clinic, Cancer Resource Center) and facilitate
continuing care within effective and realistic time frames.
2. Interface with other healthcare teams for appropriate
referrals/services such as the social worker, pastoral care,
dietician, dental hygienist, financial counselor, cancer
rehabilitation, clinical research nurses, survivorship services,
palliative care, hospice, smoking cessation, etc.
3. Continually assess patients' treatment progress and educational
needs, working with the care team to make adjustments to care based
on the assessment; consults with primary physician or designee and
other members of the care delivery team as needed; refer to
appropriate physicians, NPs or programs when needed.
+ Maintain ongoing relationship with patients/families as they
+ Facilitate financial assessment and referrals along with
assisting with completing forms as needed.
1. Facilitate language translation or interpretation services.
2. Facilitate transportation, lodging and/or child/elder care and
addresses any other practical needs
3. Build partnerships with local agencies and groups for community
services referrals (e.g., referrals to other services and/or cancer
survivor support groups).
+ Facilitate distress screening and appropriate referrals. Assess
for emotional well-being and make appropriate referrals as needed.
Coordinate with available social work resources.
+ Develop effective physician /cancer care team relationships
1. Communicate and collaborate with involved physicians and
members to facilitate individualized, holisitic patient care
1. Facilitate communication between cancer care disciplines -
surgical, medical, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, other
medical and surgical subspecialties.
+ Maintain communication with patients, survivors, families, and
the health care providers to monitor patient satisfaction with the
cancer care experience.
1. Ensure that navigator functions are meeting physician
expectations and that navigator activities remain within scope of
+ Provide patient and family education
1. Discuss physician visits with patients and families and assists
to answer questions, in collaboration with treating physicians
2. Reinforce education and instruction from physicians and other
members of the care team.
+ Provide anticipatory guidance related to the cancer journey for
patients and families.
1. In consultation with physicians on the case, answers questions
from the patient/family pertaining to treatment, disease process,
etc. and provide education on various diagnostic and treatment
procedures to be done. Augment prescribed treatment plans as
outlined by physicians on the case. Consult with physician
regarding hospice, home health, palliative care, social service,
nutritional and other support for patients.
+ Document all patient coordination activities, education, and
other interactions in designated inpatient and outpatient
electronic health record systems to assure a timely, complete
patient record and effective communication with other members of
the care delivery team. Assist with tracking, documentation and
outcome reporting for navigation services.
+ Coordinate patient and family healthy living / survivorship
programming and support groups for designated disease sites.
Collaborate with other members of the care delivery team to develop
and lead programming, including YMCA HLC Cancer Education Series,
for individuals and groups on topics of prevention, detection,
treatment, and strategies for dealing with the disease and with
life in survivorship.
+ Coordinate completion of treatment summaries and survivorship
care plans for designated disease sites. Effectively utilize
information system tools for creation and delivery of these
summaries / plans to patients and other members of the care
+ Assist physician moderators and MDC coordinator to facilitate
multidisciplinary care conferences for designated disease sites.
Assist with case finding for conferences, oversee creation of
conference/case presentation summary documentation and delivery of
documentation to medical record, primary care and specialty
+ Active participant on the multidisciplinary care team and
conferences, providing specific patient care information pertinent
to the patient, follow up on patient care recommendations after the
multidisciplinary conferences, and when necessary, facilitate the
+ Plan and coordinate community screening activities and other
community outreach / educational activities. Conduct health
promotion and awareness programs and presentations in community as
appropriate. Serve as a resource for and attend community health
fairs and screenings.
+ Serve as a liaison with community advocacy groups to promote
Mercy Cancer Center (e.g., American Cancer Society, American Lung
Association, Iowa Cancer Consortium). Represent Mercy Cancer Center
in committees and activities of these groups.
+ Assist with quality improvement efforts for designated disease
sites (complete quality studies, set and monitor quality
improvement goals, modify patient care protocols based on QI
+ Provide staff education (e.g., Ovarian Conference,
+ Support clinical research activity and accrual of patients to
+ Collaborate with clinical research nurses, facilitating patient
referrals for potential clinical trial candidates, communicate
patient care needs and schedule with the clinical trial nurse if
patient accepted into a trial, negotiate patient care and teaching
responsibilities with the clinical trial nurse when the patient is
on a clinical trial
+ Serve as a role model and mentor in promoting navigation concepts
to Mercy Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Health Network,
general community, long term care facilities, and various
**MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:**
+ Registered nurse with valid license in State of Iowa
+ Bachelor's degree in healthcare field or actively pursuing.Must
complete one class per semester.
+ Twelve months of cancer related work experience required.
+ Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific
to population served within three (3) months of hire.
+ Excellent communication skills.
+ Presentation skills with small and large groups, including mix of
both public and professional audience.
+ Valid Driver's License required, must meet Mercy's Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards, must be at least 18 years of age and be eligible
to drive per Iowa state law.
+ May require travel to affiliate hospitals.
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