Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center
Employment Type: Full Time
What You Will Do:
The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) provides outpatient care for cancer patients in a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, the Roslyn and Leonard Stoler Pavilion. The center provides a comfortable and convenient "home base" for cancer center patients and their families. The facility is designed to provide easy access to our comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. New patients see a surgical oncologist, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist all in one visit, without ever having to leave the outpatient center.
The Nurse Coordinator Ambulatory Services position is for RN candidates who have at least one year of nursing experience.. This nurse will be competent in the skills/knowledge required and fully participate in nursing governance. He/she will practice and adhere to the guidelines specified in the UMMC Professional Nurse Job Charter.
Under general supervision and with attending physician input, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating, managing and communicating the plan of treatment to patients and their families. Specifically, the incumbent assists in communications with patients; triages patients and patient issues, performs symptom management, and teaches patients regarding their disease process and treatment.
In addition, the nurse coordinator collaborates with the multi-disciplinary team and utilizes clinical outcomes data to support innovative and cost-effective changes to clinical practice. Is accountable to patients and families for the processes and outcomes of care during an episode of care. Is accountable to peers for the advancement of group practice on the practice setting, and to the nurse manager for the totality of work performance.
This nurse will be competent in the skills/knowledge required and fully participate in practice setting governance. He/she will practice and adhere to the guidelines specified in the UMMC Professional Nurse Job Charter. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and UMMS philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.
Principal Responsibilities and Tasks
Clinical Practice/Care Delivery
Competent in care of practice setting specific patient population; independently practices with solid knowledge and clinical skills; engaged in advancing own practice
Collaborates with interdisciplinary team to plan and coordinate care addressing patient/family needs
Provides direct and indirect care in area of specialization to patients and families, and objectively and systematically evaluates the quality and appropriateness of care delivery.
Serves a clinical resource to others
Serves as an effective Primary Coordinating Nurse; collaborates and coordinates with physicians and all disciplines involved in the patient’s care to assure timely progress toward the best clinical outcome in the most cost effective manner.
Provides symptom management strategies to a defined patient population in collaboration with physician.
Utilizes and integrates evidence into practice
Triages patient telephone inquiries and provides consultations as needed.
Provides extensive patient education regarding disease process, treatment plan, and symptom management. Expertise in specialty area enables nurse coordinator to triage and assess patients in order to provide optimum level of care. Assists patients and families through disease process and along cancer diagnosis continuum.
Ensures development and implementation of effective discharge plans and concurrently and retrospectively reviews patients for medical appropriateness and risk management issues.
Assists patients with authorizing and pre-certification of insurance coverage for tests as ordered as part of the treatment plan.
Responsible for maintaining competencies required for the patient care setting; focus on advancing own professional development Attends educational offerings and in-services independently Serves as preceptor, coach, mentor to new nurses, student Contributes to ancillary personnel skills and development Fosters educational development of self and staff and promotes the development of a multi-disciplinary patient care philosophy at UMMC.
What You Need to Be Successful:
Graduation from an accredited school of nursing, with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing required Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Maryland, or eligible to practice due to compact state requirements outlined by the Maryland Board of Nursing. One year professional nursing experience required, ambulatory/outpatient experience preferred.
Current licensure in the State of Maryland as a Registered Nurse. A Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or equivalent is required. Master’s degree is preferred.
Maintenance of 10 contact hours of education/year.
Member of a professional organization
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and follow through on assignments and/or projects. Ability to analyze and conceptually develop ideas and proposals.
Demonstrated ability to lead others, such as effectiveness as charge nurse, preceptor, or clinical resource. Demonstrated effectiveness as a multidisciplinary team member.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work with multidisciplinary teams are required.
Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the patient population(s) served. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and ability to assess data reflective of the patient's requirements relative to his or her population-specific and age specific needs.
Highly effective presentation skills are required to deliver educational information regarding breast health.
Highly effective verbal and written communication skills are required to work successfully with a diverse group of staff at various levels within the organization.
Ability to learn and use computer systems in order to manage patient information.