We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced nurse to join Alvord Brain Treatment Center at University of Washington Medical Center to provide care for brain tumor patients. The ABTC RN functions as a competent Registered Nurse to provide safe and therapeutic care and coordination of services for brain tumor patients throughout the nursing process of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Sustains a cross functional, integrated clinical team approach in which RNs "case manage" brain tumor patients across the continuum of consultative & treatment services to optimize care coordination. Special Duties and Performance Standards to Care for Alvord Brain Tumor Center Patients * Provides and reinforces education to patients, families, and caregivers about brain tumor diagnosis, treatment options, side effect management, and post-treatment care and survivorship. * Participates in coordination of the plan of care with the multidisciplinary team, promoting timely follow-up on treatment and supportive care recommendations. * As part of the multidisciplinary team, provides education and reinforces to patients, families, and caregivers the significance of adherence to treatment schedules, protocols, and follow-up. * Orients and educates patients, families, and caregivers to the cancer healthcare system, multidisciplinary team member roles, and available resources. * Obtains or develops brain tumor-related education materials for patients, staff, and community members as appropriate. * Builds therapeutic and trusting relationships with patients, families, and caregivers through effective communication and listening skills. * Demonstrates effective communication with peers, members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, and community organizations and resources. * Promotes a patient- and family-centered care environment for ethical decision making and advocacy for patients with cancer. * Acts as a liaison between patients, families, caregivers and providers to optimize patient outcomes. * Facilitates timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing, and procedures to expedite the plan of care and to promote continuity of care. * Facilitates communication among members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team to prevent fragmented or delayed care that could adversely affect patient outcomes. * Advocates for patients to promote optimal care and outcomes. * Empowers patients and families through education and encouragement to self-advocate and communicate their needs. * Provides anticipatory guidance, education, and appropriate referrals to assist patients in coping with the diagnosis of cancer and its potential or expected outcomes. * Uses an ethical framework regarding patient care to assist brain tumor patients with issues related to treatment goals, advance directives, palliative care, and end-of-life concerns. * Supports a smooth transition of patients from active treatment into survivorship or end-of-life care. * Collaborates with Social Worker to assess patient needs upon initial encounter and periodically throughout navigation, matching unmet needs with appropriate services and referrals and support services. * Provides psychosocial support to patients, families, and caregivers, especially during periods of high emotional stress and anxiety, and in conjunction with Social Worker, facilitates appropriate referrals for care and support services. * Ensures complete and accurate documentation of patient encounters and provided services to keep multidisciplinary team informed. * Participates in the tracking of metrics and patient outcomes, in collaboration with administration, to document and evaluate outcomes of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center program. * Promotes awareness of clinical trials to patients, families, and caregivers. * Promotes lifelong learning and evidence-based practice, by self and others, to improve the care of patients with a past, current, or potential diagnosis of cancer. The Alvord Brain Tumor Center (ABTC) at University of Washington Medical Center opened its doors on December 29, 2015. The ABTC's aim is to schedule tests, exams and consultations on a single day, allowing specialists to discuss treatment options with patients as soon as possible. Patients of the ABTC have access to a 'care team' made up of providers, nurse practitioners and nurses from multiple specialties including radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, radiology and pathology for the management of brain tumor care. Our multidisciplinary team approach enables patients to learn about a range of treatment options during one clinic appointment. The Center is named for Buster Alvord, MD, the former head of UW Neuropathology Department, and his wife Nancy. As a teaching hospital and research center, we're deeply committed to the enhancement of care for our patients-as well as the professional growth of our staff. As a testament to this commitment, we're proud to be recognized with Magnet Hospital status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In fact, we were the first hospital to receive this designation. We're also consistently named one of the nation's best hospitals, as reported by U.S. News and World Report. Such national recognition attests to our commitment to high-quality care, and to the outstanding professionalism and skill that exists at UWMC. As a registered nurse (RN), you can be a part of this highly skilled team, working within a culture that is both innovative and collaborative. Here, you will work in tandem with physicians and other health care practitioners to provide superior, award-winning nursing care. In short, you will not only follow best practice, you will create it! Requires BSN, 1-2 years nursing experience and medical oncology (chemotherapy) experience required. Experience with brain tumor patients and ambulatory nursing experience preferred.
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