Work Planning/Organization/Clinical Care Coordination
Plan and coordinate patient referrals.
Triage patient calls and determine proper course of action in collaboration with provider, as needed. Â
Coordinate patient visits including scheduling clinic appointment and obtaining necessary prior-authorization from insurance for visit and medication, if applicable.
Coordinate consult and pre-transplant work-up.
Arrange stem cell harvests, clinical samples, donor work-up and admission.
Assist with clinic flow, patient needs during clinic, assessment of patient toxicities, review of medications and other tasks as needed and or directed by the provider.
Assist in protocol initiation.
Coordinate ordering or required supplies.
Protocol/Non-protocol Related Procedures
Initiate entry and complete follow-up of patients enrolled into research protocols including compassionate studies.
Case manage patients not on a research protocol but receiving standard chemotherapy or other therapeutic regimens.
Identify potential patients through clinics, conferences and patient rounds. Maintain protocol patient lists.
Screen potential patients to determine eligibility; this may include taking a current clinical history, review of prior medical records, assessment of performance status, physical assessment of the patient, done by attending/fellow provider and exploration of psychosocial status as an index of compliance with study design.
Disseminate information and coordinate with supporting departments (i.e. surgery, radiation) and active affiliate institutions, the smooth flow of protocol treatment for each patient.
Order and assure scheduling of all tests required for entry into the protocol and will assure that the results meet protocol specific criteria prior to patient enrollment.Â All lab abnormalities will be brought to the attention of the provider.
Present patient cases to appropriate members of the research team and/or at multi-disciplinary conferences.
Administer, upon certification, anti-neoplastic drugs and immunotherapy to any patient.
Gain knowledge of the side effects of chemotherapy/cellular therapy and other ancillary therapy and understand parenteral mods of administration and possible complications/side effects.
Coordinate with the fellow/attending provider the writing of chemotherapy notes and the accurate ordering, according to protocol/standard therapy for chemotherapeutics.
Coordinate and see the patient for follow-up visits according to protocol requirements and/or standard care.Â
Using the baseline assessment prior to therapy, assess for changes in patient condition including toxicities.
Order appropriate lab and radiology tests.
Administer and collect required protocol questionnaires and/or diaries.
Communicate patient problems with the multidisciplinary team.
Incorporate the nursing needs of the patient with the clinical plan delineated by the specific research protocol.
Assure protocol adherence and allow any deviation with the approval of the Principal Investigator but must be capable of independent decision-making regarding the management of patients within the scope of the protocol without a provider in attendance.
Assure all data forms are completed in a timely fashion and assist in maintenance of research patient records and files for all the clinical trials.
Assist in the preparation of multidisciplinary tumor board conferences related to their program.
Data Collection and Interpretation
Evaluate all lab results for signs of toxicity or complications related to either the treatment or disease.Â
Review all radiology and other test results for disease assessment and follow response criteria according to the research protocol and/or standard of care.
Report adverse drug reactions and submit the appropriate documentation as directed in the research protocol.
Follow-up lab tests specified by the study and additional tests at the discretion of the provider to evaluate toxicities and treatment.
Assure prospective completion of appropriate data collections forms and submission of data to appropriate monitoring agencies in conjunction with the data manager.
Maintain flow sheets on all off-protocol, in-house research trials and studies where flow sheets are required.
Assure that patientsâ™ protocol activity is well documented in the medical record and protocol patient records.
Prepare and participate in all audits and review of their program.
May compile or analyze data from ongoing clinical trials.
Collaborate with transplant CRA to ensure all study evaluations are obtained per protocol.
Educate patients and their families on clinical aspects of their disease, purpose and nature of treatment, research protocols including potential impact on the patient should they agree to participate (i.e. treatment schema, tests, clinic visits, etc.)
Teach patients and their family members on medicine administration, signs and symptoms of side effects.
Develop educational resources and materials for patient and family teaching.
Perform nursing in-service and educate nursing staff of the specifics of research protocols.
Serve as a resource to any member of the multidisciplinary team for clarification of patient management and any research protocol.
Applies logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Interprets information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
Perform other related work as needed.
BSN, strongly preferred
Minimum of two years pediatric hematology/oncology clinical nursing experience, strongly preferred
Registered nurse with current Illinois license, strongly preferred
APHON Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Provider
Demonstrated clinical competence in patient care, teaching and management of patients with a cancer diagnosis, and knowledge about clinical aspects of oncology and stem cell transplant including protocol therapy and data management.Â
General computing skills.
Fundamental working knowledge of clinical research.
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