Guides patient and family through the health system from diagnosis, testing, treatment and follow-up care to assist patients with navigating the continuum of care. Eliminates barriers to patient's access to health care services and facilitates continuity of care/care coordination. Acts as a liaison, advocate and point of contact to patient/family members by helping them access the best healthcare outcomes from doctors, hospitals and others who provide their required services. May assist patients and families with resolving financial, psychosocial, functional, and administrative issues by advising of options and referring to appropriate resources. Acts as advisor/educator by providing emotional support, counseling, clinical education, resources and expert guidance to patients and families to promote their ability to understand and meaningfully participate in the healthcare process and personal decision-making. Builds working relationships with patient, healthcare providers, and community resources to maximize patient outcome and identify/resolve barriers to the plan of care. Consistently seeks to improve healthcare experience and positive patient outcome.
An oncology new patient nurse navigator is a professional registered nurse with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who provides navigation for newly diagnosed patients. He/she facilitates and oversees the clinical review, scheduling, and protocol ordering for patients under the direction of the oncology department manager and in collaboration with the medical director, navigating the patient through the multi-disciplinary visit. The oncology nurse navigator is responsible for the scheduling of his/her patients, working with other disciplines (e.g. surgical oncology, radiation oncology) and staff members (e.g. Intake coordinator, scheduling) to ensure the patient receives the proper diagnostic evaluation and physician evaluation in a timely manner. The navigator provides direction and guidance to the entire oncology team and serves as a resource and mentor. The navigator demonstrates leadership through critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving for specific oncology needs.
Preferred to have Oncology, Infusion, and/or Chemotherapy experience.
3 to 5 years progressive clinical nursing with primary care management of patient population.
Professional registered nurse with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare systems barriers.
BSN; Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Certification in oncology within 2 years of employment.
RN Licensed or eligible for licensing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Skills needed to effectively perform the responsibilities of the job.
Strong oncology knowledge; Basic knowledge of managed care; Working knowledge of insurance coverage and procedures; Working knowledge of community resources; understanding of health care facilities and processes; Strong verbal and written communication skills; Strong interpersonal skills; Proficient computer skills.
Inova is a global leader in personalized health, which leverages precision medicine to predict, prevent and treat disease, enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. At Inova, we serve more than two million people each year from throughout the Washington, DC, metro area and beyond. Inova's mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. At Inova, more than 16,000 employees demonstrate their commitment every day to providing the community with expert, world-class, compassionate patient care.