The Nurse Navigator for the Cancer Care Program provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum. This navigator will work with medical oncologists in the Hematologic Malignancies Program and all interdisciplinary teams of care. The incumbent must possess excellent verbal and written skills, strong organizational skills, strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience: Preferred Experience: RN's with 2-3 years of Hematology/Oncology experience. Preferred 1-2 years Nurse Navigation/Nurse Case Manager experience. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["Duties include, but not limited to: The Nurse Navigator for the Cancer Care Program provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum. This navigator will work with medical oncologists in the Hematologic Malignancies Program and all interdisciplinary teams of care. The incumbent must possess excellent verbal and written skills, strong organizational skills, strong leadership and interpersonal skills. She/he must possess the ability to work in teams and work autonomously. Coordination of the cancer patient's journey through the health care system, across disciplines and sites. Anticipates, identifies and helps patients to overcome barriers within the VA healthcare systems. Assist the Cancer Committee in performing a Community Needs Assessment Identify the health disparities and barriers to care for the local Cancer Program patient population Identify local resources available to overcome barriers Assists in coordination of healthcare services and referrals including coordination and referrals to outside VA facilities Educates and supports patients coping with cancer diagnosis throughout their illness and treatment, including survivorship. Assists patients and families with issues relating to distrust of system or fear of treatment, including refusal of care related to lack of knowledge or anxiety. Identifies patient issues such as travel and lodging, and link with appropriate services within the VA system and/or community resources. Maintains awareness of patient's plan of care and communicates as necessary issues that arise, to prevent unnecessary delays in treatment, including missed appointments. Facilitates acquisition of medical records and diagnostic testing to ensure timely delivery of services. Expedites consults as per physician instructions in coordination with the referral team. Active involvement in hematology/oncology clinics, participates in new consults with physicians and education as indicated for diagnostic procedures and treatment plan. Serves as a liaison to the cancer care program, coordinates necessary testing, assessment and transfer of information to appropriate facility, includes patient education regarding process. Coordinates combined modality treatments with appropriate facilities, including radiation therapy and fee-basis surgical services. Documentation of activities and outcomes of the navigation process Identify areas for improvement, enhancement and growth of the navigation process to improve patient centered, provider centered or system centered care. Serves as patient advocate and direct liaison with physician and other healthcare providers, such as radiology, pathology and surgical services, including unique VA healthcare system benefits. Provides support to the Cancer Committee Program Manager and Co-Chairs, Chief of Hematology/Oncology & Health Systems Specialist for activities related to the growth of the Cancer Center Program. Practice and adhere to the \"Code of Conduct\" and the VA \"Mission and Value Statement\". Expected to complete any TMS training assignments by their due date. She/he must possess the ability to work in teams and work autonomously. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm; subject to change at the discretion of the department\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nRecruitment/Relocation incentive Not Authorized\nPCS Relocation Expenses Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance"]
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