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Cancer Navigator RN

Company: CommonSpirit Health
Location: Clive
Posted on: January 26, 2023

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**Cancer Navigator RN**

Clive, Iowa

MercyOne Central Iowa Clinics

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**Partnering for a stronger, healthier world.**

At CommonSpirit Health, we believe in the healing power of humanity. We invite you to explore our specialty areas and pursue a career in humankindness.

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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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**Job Details**


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 surrounding states.

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 family:**

+ Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Voluntary Protection: Group Accident, Critical Illness, and Identity Theft

+ 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 complete treatment.

+ 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 staff

members to facilitate individualized, holisitic patient care plan

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 defined role.

+ 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 team.

+ 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 physicians.

+ 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 multidisciplinary conference.

+ 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 studies).

+ Provide staff education (e.g., Ovarian Conference, symposiums).

+ Support clinical research activity and accrual of patients to clinical research.

+ 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 clinics.



+ Registered nurse with valid license in State of Iowa required.

+ 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.

**Nursing excellence**

**starts with you.**

Are you a career fit with our CommonSpirit Health culture? To understand how we are structured, we believe in some core philosophies with the following:

We will **be stronger together,** achieving excellence in all we do, collaborating across the fields and growing our collective knowledge.

We will **let humankindness guide us** as we treat every person with holistic, personalized care for the body, mind and spirit.

We will **advance the science and art of nursing** as innovative leaders who demonstrate the power of evidence-based, compassionate care. If you believe in working together with humankindness for all to advance the science and art of nursing - then you have found your career fit with us!

"Our hope is that you will always feel inspired, knowing you truly are the heart and soul of CommonSpirit."

- Kathleen D. Sanford, EVP, Chief Nursing Officer

**Your Potential Career Path**

This is a snapshot of your potential career path highlights the series of job positions that help you progress towards your goals and objectives. Ultimately, your career path depends on your career values and personal goals.

**Success Profile**

What makes a successful Cancer Navigator RN at MercyOne Central Iowa Clinics?

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+ Balanced

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CommonSpirit Health--- will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

External hires must pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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