For more than 35 years, Good Shepherd Hospital has served the community by providing quality, compassionate health care services to families throughout the northwest suburbs. Today, more than 700 physicians representing over 50 medical specialties have chosen to affiliate with Good Shepherd Hospital. Highly-skilled physicians and clinical professionals provide a comprehensive range of services including nationally acclaimed cardiovascular care, advanced surgical capabilities, emergency services backed by the resources of a level II trauma center and a state-of-the-art Birth Center. A nationally-recognized cancer program, a health & fitness center as well as an extensive range of outpatient services round out our health care program.
Brest Center Nurse Navigator- Oncology
Patient navigation in cancer care refers to individualized assistance offered to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to quality medical and psychosocial care. This assistance may be provided pre~cancer diagnosis (screening and education) through continued phases of the cancer experience. The navigation services implemented will depend upon the particular type, severity, and/or complexity of the identified barriers.
This job exists to facilitate a timely, integrated and coordinated approach to the care of patients with a diagnosis of cancer and to provide quality nursing care for patients with cancer related health issues. The mission of the Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) is to improve patient preparedness for treatment by providing education and psychosocial support. The ONN also facilitates interaction between patients and their physicians provide logistical support, referrals, coordination of care, and other assistance during the trajectory and transitioning points of the patient's oncology care. The ONN will serve as an advocate to assure positive customer satisfaction. The ONN will use a multi~disciplinary approach to planning and providing care and act as a liaison to all other areas of the hospital to insure that the needs and concerns of oncology patients and their families are addressed.
An oncology nurse navigator (ONN) is a professional registered nurse with oncology~specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. Using the nursing process, an ONN 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
- Coordination and implementation of strategies to ensure quality, efficacy, and cost effectiveness for the oncology patients in multiple settings.
- Education and Program Development
- Communication and Physician Partnership.
- Professional Role and Associate Engagement.
- Effective 10/1/16: BSN required
- 5+ years' experience in clinical specialty (Oncology) required
- Global perspective of changing health care environment
- Ability to prioritize work
- Basic computer skills
- Effective interpersonal communication skills Current Illinois RN license
- CPR certification
- OCN Certification or Nurse Navigator Certification obtained within 2 years of hire.
- Flexible hours according to customer needs
- Ability to demonstrate a commitment to patient~focused care
- Ability to prioritize independently and respond to multiple simultaneous requests
- Ability to work in a fast~paced environment with established time constraints and in difficult situations
- May be exposed to hazardous materials and life~threatening diseases
- Ability to perform lifting/transfer activities related to patients (up to 50 lbs. may be required)
- Must be able to travel to visit physicians and other practices within our region
- This position needs to recognize needs and behaviors of specific age groups of patients treated
- Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case~by~case basis.
About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.