Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) is a professional RN with oncology-specific clinical knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. Using the nursing process, an ONN provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.
The ideal candidate will work Cross Campus-St. Mary's and Good Samaritan Hospitals- Navigation includes the entire healthcare continuum—from prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship to end of life. The goal of navigation is to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality by eliminating barriers to timely access to cancer care, which may be financial, psychological, logistic, or related to communication or the healthcare delivery system.
- Responsible for overseeing patient navigation processes while working with other members of the oncology team. Participates in the tracking of metrics and patient outcomes, in collaboration with administration and cancer registry, to document and evaluate outcomes of the navigation program and report findings to the cancer committee.
- Assesses patient needs upon initial encounter and periodically throughout navigation. Identifying needs with for services and referrals in the continuum of care; Support services, Pastoral Care, PT, dietitians, providers, social work, and financial services.
- Identifies potential and realized barriers to care (e.g., transportation, child care, elder care, housing, language, cultural, literacy, role disparity, psychosocial, employment, financial, insurance) and facilitates referrals as appropriate sources for assistance.
- Facilitates timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing, and procedures to expedite the plan of care and to promote continuity of care
- Facilitates individualized care within the context of functional status, cultural consideration, health literacy, and psychosocial and spiritual needs for patients, family, and caregiver
- Works closely with other members of the team. Lay/Radiology Patient Navigator, Palliative Care, Hospice, Rehab, Social Services, Cancer Center staff, Cancer Registry, and Infusion Center staff.
- Completes the Survivorship Care Planning in accordance with the Commission on Cancer standards.
- Demonstrates effective communication with peers, members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, and community organizations and resources.
- Contributes to ONN program development, implementation, and evaluation within the healthcare system and community. In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, builds partnerships with local agencies and groups that may assist with cancer patient care, support, or educational needs. .
- Obtains or develops oncology-related education materials for patients, staff, and community members as appropriate.
- Work cross campus without delays.
- Associate's Degree in Nursing
- Current Illinois RN License
- BLS Certification
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
- 1-3 years experience
About SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital–Centralia, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 113-bed hospital specializing in cancer care. For six consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital–Centralia with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award and with the Critical Care Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital–Centralia with the Citation of Merit Award for High-Value Healthcare.