The Nurse Navigator is responsible for the coordination of diagnostic, treatment and support services. They serve as an educator, care coordinator, consultant, patient advocate, counselor, collaborator to cancer patients. The role is instrumental in developing and implementing changes to support a holistic and coordinated approach to cancer care services by ensuring a smooth flow of patient information and care. The position is a liaison between the providers, professional health care staff, and other involved parties. The position serves on boards and committees relating to cancer care and navigation as requested, and serves as a community spokesperson for coordinated cancer care together with the medical community. The position facilitates interdisciplinary communication within the care continuum to promote continuity of care. The position coordinates multi-disciplinary care meetings related to cancer patients and communicates treatment decisions.
The nurse navigator will be a liaison for the local support groups and cancer organizations, and provide support and make community referrals for patients and their families as appropriate. The nurse navigator may participate in grant writing, fundraising, or other activities at the direction of management to raise cancer awareness or improve the program.
The nurse navigator may perform nursing duties as needed. The nurse navigator may be directed to attend cancer support group meetings and events.
MSHA expects that every team member will role model Patient-Centered Care behaviors and be guided by MSHA's Values and the Principles of Patient-Centered Care. Every member of MSHA's leadership team is accountable for coaching and monitoring reporting team members to ensure that the standards and initiatives of Patient-Centered Care are a living reality in their work units / Departments.
It is vital that an individual in this position be capable of good communication skills. It is of the utmost importance that written communication is legible.
RN can verbalize that the RN is responsible for all of the LPN's patients and therefore must ensure reporting from the LPN happens in a timely, appropriate and complete manner.
MSHA expects all team members to support the VOS initiative by demonstrating awareness of the VOS system and effectively applying it to his/her work.
Job duties of this position may require access to protected patient information (PHI). The team member will be accountable for appropriate use of the record and compliance with all confidentiality and security policy and procedures related to use, access, and disclosure of PHI.REPORTING RELATIONSHIP
The nurse navigator reports to the hospital's Director of Oncology. The nurse may also be assigned to a physician(s), who serves as his/her supervising physician(s). The supervising physician may be located off-site. The nurse navigator may discuss cases with the physician to prepare a patient care plan. He/she may also submit plans and goals of individual patients for review and evaluation by the physician.