The journey along the Cancer Care Continuum can be long and arduous, made more difficult by the twists and turns of the various treatment options. Compass Oncology, the Pacific Northwest's largest Private Practice Cancer Center is looking for an experienced Nurse to join our team as Registered Triage Nurse. Working the front lines of patient interaction, this individual will help guide our patients, answer clinical questions, and gather more information for our physicians so changes or adaptations to current regimens happen in a timely manner. While a current or pending OCN certification is preferred, a nurse with high level triage experience and strong assessment skills will find success in this role.
Employment Type: Part-Time, 24 Hours
Location: West Cancer Center (Tigard, Oregon)
Job Scope: A telephone triage nurse assesses patient needs over the telephone, collaborates with a physician or qualified staff member to meet those needs, then documents all elements of care in the patient's medical record. The telephone triage nurse will accurately identify patients with high risk conditions and will direct care to the appropriate resources if they cannot be managed by the nurse and/or within the clinic. Under general supervision, provides professional nursing care for patients adhering to national and organizational standards and guidelines for specialty care and scope of practice per state licensing board. Must recognize physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of care and participates in company-wide quality initiatives. Supports and adheres to the US Oncology Compliance Program, to include the Code of Ethics and Business Standards. Responsibilities:
Addresses patient calls, portal messages and emails in a timely manner concerning a wide range of symptom / side effect related topics
Asks appropriate, open ended questions as well as utilizes computerized algorithms/pathways to assist in the assessment of patient's symptom and side effect management inquiries and documentation of such interventions.
Assesses urgency of patient symptoms / side effects and addresses them appropriately, aggressively managing them to prevent unnecessary emergency department and hospital utilization
Documents all conversations with patients to maintain a comprehensive medical record
Provides clear instruction and education to patients via the telephone
Evaluates and determines if emergency care is needed, or if the patient can be seen in the outpatient clinic
Collaborates with physicians via electronic communication, face to face, or the telephone to discuss patient care needs that cannot be independently and appropriately addressed using standing orders or practice protocols
Sets up same day and/or future provider/infusion room appointments to address symptom management concerns
Additional duties as assigned
Strong patient assessment skills
Demonstrated knowledge of oncology or applicable specialty therapies and medications, potential side effects and appropriate management / nursing interventions thereof
Collaboration and coordinating with team members (providers, schedulers, etc.)
Ability to identify patient concerns and symptom related problems through collection of information
Incorporates critical thinking into daily activities
Demonstrates an ability to quickly prioritize and re-prioritize patient needs and tasks throughout the day
Ability to navigate EMR and computer software systems
Ability to navigate multiple computer programs, patient and hospital portals simultaneously
Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to present information in an organized framework-SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation)
Graduate from an accredited program for professional nursing education, BSN preferred.
Current RN state license with the applicable State Board of Nursing.
Current CPR certification required.
Current or pending Oncology or applicable specialty certification preferred.
Minimum of (0-3) years of nursing experience required.
Oncology or applicable specialty experience preferred.
Experience and knowledge of the purpose and use of medications in the treatment of cancer is preferred.
More About The Company The Compass Oncology team brings together leading cancer experts in the fields of surgical, gynecologic, medical, and radiation oncology, pathology and palliative care to provide the most comprehensive cancer care possible and an even more cohesive patient experience. In addition, the majority of our physicians specialize in particular cancer types, bringing a heightened level of expertise to our patients. If you are a dedicated, team-oriented, patient-centered individual looking for an opportunity where you are proud of what you do, work hard, have fun, want to learn and go home at the end of the day knowing you made a difference in the lives of our patients; Compass Oncology is the place for you!
As a member of The US Oncology Network , one of the nation's largest community-based cancer treatment and research networks, Compass Oncology participates in leading-edge clinical trials through US Oncology research, which has helped develop 89 FDA approved cancer therapies. We serve the Portland and Vancouver communities with five clinical offices located throughout the metro area.
To learn more about Compass Oncology and its daily mission, please visit our website at www.CompassOncology.com.
The US Oncology Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
Large percent of time performing computer-based work is required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to walk and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Traditional office environment.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne pathogens, carcinogenic drugs and other conditions common to a clinic environment.