Nurse Coordinator - Cancer Center Radiation/Oncology Durham, NC
Duke University Health System
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Internal Number: 204771
Duke University Hospital
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
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Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet organization
Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses.
Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
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The Duke Radiation Oncology Nurse Coordinator is professional RN with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. Using the nursing process, a Nurse Coordinator 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.
The Radiation Oncology Nurse Coordinator is a key member of a multi-disciplinary patient care team, which includes providers, residents, fellows and other clinical support staff. This professional provides clinical support to patients and caregivers, such as comprehensive assessment, general and focused education, and decision-making support. The Radiation Oncology Coordinator has the skills and knowledge to coordinate quality, patient-centered care through effective communication with the interprofessional cancer care team.
In alignment with the position statement published by ONS, the Nurse Coordinator role encompasses the following:
Coordination services facilitate care transitions through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care.
The Nurse Coordinator should practice in accordance with the ONS Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies as applicable to their practice. The core competencies of include coordination of care, communication, education, and professional role.
The nurse in a RN Coordinator role should possess comprehensive oncology expertise, as evidenced by certification through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation or other oncology nursing certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or within 2 years of hire.
RN Coordinators advocate for adherence to evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and pathways and participates in the collection and analysis of patient outcome data to optimize patient and organizational outcomes.
The workload of the RN Coordinator will be based upon data from reliable and valid metrics, including health system standards and measures sensitive to the contribution to the navigation process.
Duties will include:
Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team including: nurse triage, schedulers, and other support services
Radiation treatment imaging and treatment schedules and modality with therapists and physician
Radiation treatment education
Triage of patients (calling patients back for issues that don't need direct APP/MD response)
Symptom and side effect management teaching
- Facilitate obtaining additional records, slides, scans needed for new patient evaluations and return patients if not in Care Everywhere
Route return appt requests in clinic to front desk as directed by MD/APP
Check through clinic visits and ensure all patients have appropriate orders
Coordinate outside labs/scans with other providers
Coordination of chemo and other treatment modalities
Obtaining all materials needed for new patients such as: outside lab/scan results and pathology for review, as needed (office staff can call and get but may need nurse to track)
Ensure follow-up appointments are scheduled appropriately as requested
Assist with prior authorizations, as needed
Assist with insurance/family medical leave paperwork, as needed
Assist with medication refills requests
Calling patients with negative or normal test results as directed by the APP/MD
Other tasks as assigned by Nurse Manager or delegated tasks by the APP/MD within the nursing scope
Education: BSN required for external applicants
Internal applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing
1 year of Oncology experience. Strong patient clinical skills preferred.
Communication skills including fluency in oral and written English.
Basic computer skills including the ability to send/receive email, navigate information technology associated with the position, and use Electronic Health
Four years' experience in an oncology setting
Must obtain an Oncology Nurse (OCN) within one year of hire
Must obtain ACLS and PALS certification within one year of hire
Registrations, Certifications, and/or Licenses:
Current unencumbered NC RN license.
Current BLS certification issued by the American Heart Association
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