This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Cancer Care Coordinator will function as a care manager for a panel of cancer patients, provides coverage for other Cancer Care Coordinators as required. Acts as the point of contact for patients with cancers who are under the direct care of the specialist(s) and coordinates and expedites care from abnormal imaging to definitive treatment. Works closely with numerous disciplines in an effort to assure patients avoid missed opportunities in their healthcare. The Cancer Care Coordinator, under the Radiation Oncology Service, possesses a strong core knowledge base in nursing and has expanded clinical knowledge in oncology nursing. He/she is responsible for the provision of high quality, customer-focused and cost effective patient care in Nursing Service as it relates to his/her role. The Cancer Care Coordinator provides direct patient care including assessing, planning, health promotion, psychosocial needs assessment, and care coordination during initial treatment planning. The Cancer Care Coordinator is also involved in practice activities including education, research, and consultation. The major focus of the position is to help Veterans newly diagnosed with cancer to overcome health care system barriers and facilitate timely access to medical care, psychosocial services, and provide coordinated care from diagnosis to treatment. Patients with newly diagnosed malignancies or a high suspicion for malignancy are identified and alerted to the Cancer Care Coordination Team by "Cancer Care Coordination Consults", Pathology, Tumor Board, ED, Radiology, Primary Care, and Specialty Services. He/she acts as a human link between the patients and hospital services by facilitating patient outcomes through the episode of care. The CCC provides guidance to clinical staff regarding quality care and informs appropriate staff of unresolved patient care issues in order to enhance delivery of appropriate quality care in accordance with V AMHCS Policies and Procedures, and Nursing SOP's. The CCC works in collaboration with one or more interdisciplinary teams within V AMHCS and the community to ensure the appropriate, consistent, and quality of patient care throughout the patients' treatment. The CCC collaborates with Case Managers, Clinical Nurse Leaders, educators, and health care providers throughout the V AMHCS as well as the community to exchange know ledge and share clinical expertise. The CCC provides guidance regarding compliance of nursing practice with all applicable local, community, VISN or national professional statutes and regulations. The incumbent teaches, models, and guides staff to assist their compliance with external standards such as Joint Commission, Commission on Cancer and ACR (American College of Radiology) and internal standards such as Clinical Practice Guidelines and the VA Performance Measures for preventive health and disease management. The CCC is engaged in the ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of the quality and effectiveness of patient care and patient outcomes. The CCC guides staff in the application of evidenced based practice, and may be involved in other research activities. The VA Cancer Care Coordinators knowledge, skills and abilities are demonstrated through successful completion of specific criteria-based performance standards and identified competencies. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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