The primary role of the inpatient Oncology Registered Nurse Practitioner (RNP) is to provide direct care management of patients with complex cancer care requirements in consultation with medical physicians in the acute medical inpatient care area at the Palo Alto Division. The Service Section Chief of Medical Oncology will serve as the supervising physician. The inpatient Oncology RNP will work in collaboration with Medical Oncology/Hematology staff and the inpatient Medicine Team in the care of patients with cancer. The incumbent will ensure that the clinical care of the oncology/hematology patients in acute inpatient care areas is consistent with existing oncology/hematology best practices and performance measures. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Develops new clinical initiatives to improve overall patient care and flow for oncology/hematology patients in the acute medical inpatient care areas, such as 2A, 2C, IICU. Collaborates with the Outpatient Oncology Nurse Practitioners in maintaining continuity of care of patients receiving radiation therapy both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Participates in the inpatient evaluation and management of patients with cancer who are undergoing cancer therapy (e.g. chemotherapy, biotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy) and those requiring management of cancer- and treatment-related symptoms. Provides telephone triage and follow-up for patients with cancers managed in the acute medical inpatient care areas. Facilitates the coordination of care of patients who require radiation therapy at a community radiation treatment facility. Serves as a consultant to the interdisciplinary team members in developing and revising treatment plans for patients with cancer admitted in the acute inpatient medical areas. Provides oncology education for patients and their families, as well as pre-treatment counseling including discussion of potential alternative treatments. Maintains knowledge of research literature pertinent to area of patient care. Stays abreast of ongoing clinical research activities and criteria for patient participation. Writes orders specified in this scope of practice and in accordance with his skill and proficiency. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM with flexibility to meet program and management needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Bargaining Unit Position: Covered. Government Quarters: Not Authorized.
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