The New Mexico VA Health Care System is seeking a Registered Nurse (Cancer Care Coordinator) in Surgical Service to join the team! The Cancer Coordinator (CC) Staff Nurse, Nurse, executes position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex patient care. He/she is accountable for adhering to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice and for demonstrating leadership and accomplishments when providing patient care and in developing and implementing programs to improve the delivery of patient care. Functions as a team leader or charge nurse. Provides appropriate care for patients generally ranging in age from 17 through the geriatric years, taking into consideration diagnosis and physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural needs. Provides appropriate care for cancer patients and collaborates with other health care professionals to ensure continuity of care of patients: Coordinates completion of surveillance studies to include tracking laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests in accordance with NCCN follow up guidelines. Reports all abnormal finding to order provider. Receives alerts for new cancer patient consult's, assist with ordering and coordinating appropriate tests, obtaining outside reports and pathology slides for review and communication with the CBOC's, private institutions, and physicians, in order to expedite patient appointments and reduce the diagnosis to treatment interval. Develops and implements appropriate methodology to evaluate program quality including but not limited to diagnosis to treatment intervals and percentage of compliance with NCCN recommended follow up. Manages a population health group of Veterans with a cancer diagnosis from suspicion to competition of survivorship as defined by NCCN or until released from Surgical Service. Coordinates multidiscipline care for Veterans with cancer or a suspicion of cancer through various services to include but not limited to Hem oncology, Surgery, Primary Care, Medical specialties, Social work, Palliative Care, Radiology and Laboratory, radiation therapy and other fee based. Ensures that profiles and protocols are current with the most recent standards as set forth by NCCN and the Cancer Committee. Effectively and efficiently utilizes NCCN of care and practice for the care of the cancer patient. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 7:00am - 3:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.