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Registered Nurse - Nurse Coordinator Cancer Center Melanoma Durham, NC. Job in Durham Care Jobs

Durham, North Carolina
Job Type
Full Time
22 Sep 2022
Duke University Hospital Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For , U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Duke Nursing Highlights:
  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!
The Duke Melanoma Oncology Nurse Coordinator is 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, a Nurse Coordinator 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 Melanoma Oncology Nurse Coordinator is a key member of a multi-disciplinary patient care team, which includes providers, residents, fellows and other clinical support staff. This professional provides clinical support to patients and caregivers, such as comprehensive assessment, general and focused education, and decision-making support. The Melanoma Coordinator has the skills and knowledge to coordinate quality, patient-centered care through effective communication with the interprofessional cancer care team.

This person will travel with the provider team to other Duke Cancer Institute facilities to improve the coordination and care of the entire Melanoma population. In alignment with the position statement published by ONS, the Nurse Coordinator role encompasses the following:

• Coordination services facilitate care transitions through diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care.
• The Nurse Coordinator should practice in accordance with the ONS Oncology Nurse Navigator Core Competencies as applicable to their practice. The core competencies of include coordination of care, communication, education, and professional role.
• The nurse in a RN Coordinator role should possess comprehensive oncology expertise, as evidenced by certification through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation or other oncology nursing certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or within 2 years of hire.
• RN Coordinators advocate for adherence to evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and pathways and participates in the collection and analysis of patient outcome data to optimize patient and organizational outcomes.
• The workload of the RN Coordinator will be based upon data from reliable and valid metrics, including health system standards and measures sensitive to the contribution to the navigation process.
Duties will include:
• Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team including: nurse triage, schedulers, and other support services
• Facilitate obtaining additional records, slides, scans needed for new patient evaluations and return patients if not in Care Everywhere
• Route return appt requests in clinic to front desk as directed by MD/APP
• Check through clinic visits and ensure all patients have appropriate orders
• Coordinate outside labs/scans with other providers
• Coordination of outside chemo being given at home
• Obtaining all materials needed for new patients such as: outside lab/scan results and pathology for review, as needed (office staff can call and get but may need nurse to track)
• Ensure follow-up appointments are scheduled appropriately as requested
• Assist with prior authorizations, as needed
• Assist with insurance/family medical leave paperwork
• Coordinate chemotherapy schedules
• Chemotherapy teaching and calendars in partnership with clinic pharmacists
• Symptom management teaching
• Triage of patients (calling patients back for issues that don't need direct APP/MD response)
• Assist with medication refills requests
• Calling patients with negative or normal test results as directed by the APP/MD
• Other tasks as assigned by Nurse Manager or delegated tasks by the APP/MD within the nursing scope


• Education: BSN required for external applicants
• Internal applicants: Associate's Degree in Nursing
• 1 year of Oncology experience.
• Certification: Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) Preferred
Job Related Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Communication skills including fluency in oral and written English.
• Basic computer skills including the ability to send/receive email, navigate information technology associated with the position, and use Electronic Health
• Four years' experience in an oncology setting
• Must obtain an Oncology Nurse (OCN) within one year of hire
Registrations, Certifications, and/or Licenses:
• Current unencumbered NC RN license.
• Current BLS certification issued by the American Heart Association

Occ Summary

Independently plan and provide professional nursing care for patients in accordance with physician orders and established policies and procedures. Provide nursing services to patients and families in accordance with the scope of the RN as defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Work Performed

Plan, provide, supervise and document professional nursing care utilizing the nursing process for patients in accordance with physician orders and established policies and procedures. Use professional nursingjudgment to individualize the plan of care based on assessment of the patient's baseline needs and response to care. Delegate tasks and supervise the activities of other licensed and unlicensed care providers. Assist other nursing personnel in the de livery of nursing care and act as team leader or charge nurse for a group of patients or an entire unit as assigned. Monitor and initiate corrective action to maintain the environment of care including equipment and material resources. Participate in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate assistance or educational offerings. Act as preceptor and support the development of other staff and formal learners. Participate in the identification of clinical or operational performance improvement opportunities and in performance improvement activities. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of scope of the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and NCA
  • Knowledge of and appropriate application of the nursing process
  • Knowledge of professional theory, practice and procedure
  • Ability to assess nursing needs of acute and chronically ill patients and their families
  • Ability to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors, healthcare team, physicians, administrators, leadership and others
  • Ability to teach patients and families in accordance with the nursing plan of care
  • Ability to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, treatment, and follow-up
  • Ability to use fine motor skills
  • Competent in BLS and/or other specialized life support requirements designated by work area
  • Ability to record activities, document assessments, plan of care, interventions, evaluation and re-evaluation of patient status
  • Ability to use computer and learn new software programs
  • Able to document and communicate pertinent information using computer and/or paper documentation tools
  • Ability to navigate the entity to provide clinical care for patients
  • Ability to withstand prolonged standing and walking.
  • Ability to remain focused and organized
  • Working knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine and special treatments to patients
  • Working knowledge of infection control procedures and safety precautions
  • Working knowledge and completion of appropriate JCAHO and other regulatory requirements
  • Pre-employment Physical Capacity Testing Required
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  • Job Reference: 718646111-2
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Employer: Duke Health
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Nursing, Other
  • Job Type: Full Time