Job Description

Nurse Practitioner

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY

Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) are registered nurses who have acquired the formal education, extended knowledge base and clinical skills to practice in an advanced role as a credentialed member of the medical staff and direct health care provider.  Nurse Practitioners are authorized to practice by the State Board of Nursing in the state of practice for a specialty area via their advanced practice education, licensure and board certification in a specialty area and other additional skills for which they have been prepared through post-graduate education and training.  The APN may provide health care services within their specialty area to individuals, families and groups in an outpatient setting, including management of care, discharge and follow-up, in an ambulatory outpatient clinic. The APN serves as a leader and role model for professional development of peers and others. The APN will work collaboratively with other health care professionals.  

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Utilizes critical judgment in the performance of comprehensive health assessment, differential medical diagnosis including ordering, conducting, and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and the prescribing of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments in the direct management of acute and chronic illness and disease. 

  • Conducts comprehensive physical examination.
  • Initiates and interprets diagnostic tests and procedures relevant to the patient’s current status.
  • Critically analyzes the assessment data in determining the diagnoses.
  • Prioritizes diagnoses using appropriate complex clinical reasoning.

Develops and implements a comprehensive plan of care that includes interventions and treatments to attain expected outcomes.

  • Addresses strategies for improving health status that reflect current health care, knowledge, research and practice.
  • Involves patient, family, and other members of the health care team, including use of community resources in the plan of treatment.
  • Makes independent decisions in solving complex patient care problems.
  • Collaborates with the health team members to establish priorities, manage care and coordinate efforts. to achieve desired outcomes in providing planned treatment and services to the client.

Utilizes appropriate or specialized knowledge and skills in the provision of direct patient care.

  • Prescribes, orders, or implements interventions and treatments for the treatment/care plan.
  • Prescribes or dispenses drugs and devices based on a knowledge of pharmacological and physiological principles in accordance with state and federal laws and regulation, and as authorized under the appropriate Board of Nursing. 

Utilizes an extensive awareness of community assets and available resources when assisting with making appropriate referrals and outreach. Refers a patient to a physician or another health care provider if a situation or condition occurs in a patient as appropriate and needed.  

In addition to practicing at Outpatient Care Center, will also obtain core privileges at the designated Regional Medical Center for purposes of continuity of care.

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

Oncology Outpatient Care Center ANPs

The APN is required to complete the following competencies:

  • Diversity and cultural awareness
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Personal safety
  • Fire and electrical safety
  • MRI safety
  • Radiation safety
  • Chemotherapy safety
  • Materials safety and hazardous communication

The ANP is expected to:

  • Translate research and other forms of knowledge to improve practice processes and outcomes.
  • Develop new practice approaches based on the integration of research, theory, and practice knowledge.
  • Assume complex and advanced leadership roles to initiate and guide change.
  • Advance practice through the development and implementation of innovations incorporating principles of change.
  • Communicate practice knowledge effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Apply skills in peer review to promote a culture of excellence.
  • Anticipates variations in practice and is proactive in implementing interventions to ensure quality.
  • Analyze clinical guidelines for individualized application into practice.
  • Disseminate evidence from inquiry to diverse audiences using multiple modalities.
  • Translate technical and scientific health information.
  • Analyze organizational structure, functions and resources to improve the delivery of care.
  • Collaborate in planning for transitions across the continuum of care.
  • Provide the full spectrum of health care services to include health promotion, disease prevention, health protection, anticipatory guidance, counseling, disease management, palliative, and end-of-life care.
  • Educate employees and family to provide culturally and spiritually sensitive, appropriate care.
  • Collaborate with both employees and family to achieve optimal care outcomes.
  • Obtains and documents a comprehensive health history for patients with a past or current diagnosis of cancer.
  • Uses evidence-based practice guidelines and assessment tools for evaluating patients with a past or current diagnosis of cancer.
  • Performs a physical assessment of patients with cancer that includes a comprehensive review of systems and evaluation of manifestations and toxicities related to cancer and its treatment.
  • Assesses actual or potential late effects of cancer and its treatment (e.g., second malignant neoplasms, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary dysfunction) in cancer survivors.
  • And the impact of physical comorbidities on cancer symptoms and response to treatment.
  • Assesses symptoms commonly seen in patients with cancer, for common signs and symptoms related to disease progression or recurrence and for patients who are at high risk for signs and symptoms of oncologic emergencies.
  • Conducts a pharmacologic assessment, including over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, nutritional supplements, and other complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies, to identify and correct any potential interactions with cancer therapeutics.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team, patient, family, and caregivers to formulate a comprehensive plan of care for patients with cancer, including appropriate health education, health promotion and health maintenance, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
  • Demonstrates awareness of appropriate clinical trials and research studies for which patients may be eligible and assists in recruiting patients as appropriate.
  • Educates patients and families about expected and potential adverse effects and costs (as appropriate) of prescribed pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments and interventions as well as cancer survivors regarding their risk for long-term effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • Able to validate chemotherapy agents.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

REQUIRED

  • Minimum 2 years as ANP, Oncology or commensurate nursing Oncology training/experience
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in state of practice and DEA
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • Proficient computer skills

PREFERRED

  •  3 years as ANP, Oncology
  • Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
  • Biotherapy Chemotherapy Provider Card, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Specialty Certification

We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

Visit:  Jobs.cancercenter.com to begin your journey.

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