The Oncology Nurse Navigator 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, a navigator 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
from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, end
of life care, and bereavement. Works collaboratively with the
multidisciplinary teams to include physicians from oncology,
radiation oncology, specialty providers, and surgeons in the care
of this complex patient population throughout the continuum of care
and treatment. Key relationships for the oncology navigator are
cancer patients and families; physicians; nursing; radiation
therapists; social workers, dieticians, pastoral care; hospice
services; medical office staff; all entities and departments that
provide specialty services for cancer patients; volunteer programs;
and community agencies. This position will collaborate with OHSU
oncology nurse navigators to develop and monitor standard metrics,
identify patient barriers, coordinate smooth transitions of care,
and share best practices in patient navigation.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES -
Performed majority of the time:
- Uses an evidence-based decision making process to determine the
patient's priority goals and care activities in relation to:
o Nursing's independent scope of practice (safety, comfort,
hygiene, restorative measures, and health promotion).
o The interdisciplinary plan of care.
o Documenting decision making in the patient's plan of care and
- Protects and advocates for patient safety, health and
o Communicates and formally reports concerns and/or seeks change
where individual or institutional behavior in the practice setting
jeopardizes the well-being of patient, families, or team members.
(e.g. Patient Safety Net report, chain of command).
o Speaks up and intervenes when an individual's actions or
practice is not in alignment with patient safety. The nurse speaks
directly to the responsible party, and takes responsibility to
support those who identify potentially questionable practice.
- Keeps the patient as the focus when exercising judgment in
accepting responsibilities, seeking consultation, and assigning
activities to others who carry out nursing care:
o Assigns or delegates tasks based on the needs and condition of
the patient, potential for harm, stability of the patient's
condition, complexity of the task, predictability of the outcome,
availability to monitor and supervise, and competency of the
individual being delegated to.
o Allocates resources based on identified patient and family
o Speaks up immediately about concerns regarding assigned
- Acts as a patient advocate by partnering with the person,
family, significant others, and caregivers, as appropriate, to
implement and evaluate the plan of care. Assures that the plan is
aligned with the patient's physical, spiritual, and psychosocial
goals, initiating changes as appropriate.
- Delivers care in a manner that preserves and protects patient
autonomy, privacy, dignity, confidentiality and rights.
- Develops a therapeutic relationship with patients and families,
effectively transfers information about disease, health and
recovery, Engages patients and families in decision-making about
the plan of care. Evaluates capacity for self-care and addresses
concerns about transition to next level of care,
Performed occasionally but critical to successful performance of
- Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-services and
continuing education opportunities.
- Responds to emergency situations and contact emergency services
as directed by physician
Decision making and budget responsibilities (e.g. impact limited
to the employee, entire unit or organization-wide):
- Decision impact limited to the employee and the patient.
- No budget responsibility
- Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing. Current RN employees
as of 1/27/2020 will be grandfathered back to the previous
education requirement at their time of original hire.
- Minimum two (2) years of oncology nursing experience.
Licenses, Certifications and/or Registrations:
- Current unencumbered Oregon State RN license.
- American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS.
- Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) certification.
Job Related Skills, Abilities and Behaviors:
- Ability to prioritize and reprioritize quickly
- Ability to develop collaborative relationships both internally
- Strong leadership skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work in teams
- Ability to work autonomously
- Strong oncology knowledge
- Basic computer skills, including word processing, e-mail
- Basic knowledge of managed care
- Critical-thinking skills
- Working knowledge of insurance coverage and procedures
- Working knowledge of community resources
- Bilingual skills a plus.
- Proficient in Epic EMR, spreadsheet and computer
OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center, formerly Tuality
Healthcare has always been committed to our community. It's a part
of how we care for each other, and part of what makes this place
We had a humble start in 1918 when an enterprising woman named
Minnie Jones Coy started a small six-bed hospital in her Hillsboro
home. She brought together independent physicians under one roof to
treat the sick and provide a safe place for mothers to give birth.
A century after Minnie made her commitment to the people of
Hillsboro, her vision continues as we provide world-class health
care to patients.
As part of our affiliation with OHSU Health, we've changed our
name to Hillsboro Medical Center. This new moniker reflects our
expanded services and clinic locations that provide patients living
in Hillsboro and western Washington County greater access to
primary and specialty care.
Additional Posting Information
Hillsboro Medical Center believes in providing equal employment
opportunities for all qualified individuals. Recruitment, hiring,
promotions, transfers, working conditions, training, and
compensation will be based on qualifications without regard to
race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion,
age, creed, national origin, marital status, family relationship,
veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability,
or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law.
We further commit ourselves to continuing the practical application
of this policy in our daily business conduct.