| FOR UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER NURSES ONLY. |
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced UWMC nurse to transfer to the Alvord Brain Treatment Center. The position is 50%, day shift. The ABTC RNs sustain a cross functional, integrated clinical team approach in which RNs case manage brain tumor patients across the continuum of consultative and treatment services to optimize care coordination.
RN Special Duties and Performance Standards to Care for Alvord Brain Tumor Center Patients
Provides and reinforces education to patients, families, and caregivers about brain tumor diagnosis, treatment options, side effect management, and post-treatment care and survivorship.
Participates in coordination of the plan of care with the multidisciplinary team, promoting timely follow-up on treatment and supportive care recommendations.
As part of the multidisciplinary team, provides education and reinforces to patients, families, and caregivers the significance of adherence to treatment schedules, protocols, and follow-up.
Orients and educates patients, families, and caregivers to the cancer healthcare system, multidisciplinary team member roles, and available resources.
Obtains or develops brain tumor-related education materials for patients, staff, and community members as appropriate.
Builds therapeutic and trusting relationships with patients, families, and caregivers through effective communication and listening skills.
Demonstrates effective communication with peers, members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, and community organizations and resources.
Promotes a patient- and family-centered care environment for ethical decision making and advocacy for patients with cancer.
Acts as a liaison between patients, families, caregivers and providers to optimize patient outcomes.
Facilitates timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing, and procedures to expedite the plan of care and to promote continuity of care.
Facilitates communication among members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team to prevent fragmented or delayed care that could adversely affect patient outcomes.
Advocates for patients to promote optimal care and outcomes.
Empowers patients and families through education and encouragement to self-advocate and communicate their needs.
Provides anticipatory guidance, education, and appropriate referrals to assist patients in coping with the diagnosis of cancer and its potential or expected outcomes.
Uses an ethical framework regarding patient care to assist brain tumor patients with issues related to treatment goals, advance directives, palliative care, and end-of-life concerns.
Supports a smooth transition of patients from active treatment into survivorship or end-of-life care.
Collaborates with Social Worker to assess patient needs upon initial encounter and periodically throughout navigation, matching unmet needs with appropriate services and referrals and support services.
Provides psychosocial support to patients, families, and caregivers, especially during periods of high emotional stress and anxiety, and in conjunction with Social Worker, facilitates appropriate referrals for care and support services.
Ensures complete and accurate documentation of patient encounters and provided services to keep multidisciplinary team informed.
Participates in the tracking of metrics and patient outcomes, in collaboration with administration, to document and evaluate outcomes of the Alvord Brain Tumor Center program.
Promotes awareness of clinical trials to patients, families, and caregivers.
Promotes lifelong learning and evidence-based practice, by self and others, to improve the care of patients with a past, current, or potential diagnosis of cancer.