Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
An Oncology Patient Navigator provides a means by which we provide patients with support and guidance to overcome barriers and allow for timely, accessible quality care. They will serve as a point of contact for patients to provide cancer care coordination, patient education, resource identification and referral for financial needs and other community-based serves. The Oncology Navigator can improve clinical outcomes by coordinating care across the cancer care continuum. Applicant's note: This announcement is being used to fill various positions at facilities throughout the VISN 8: VA Sunshine Network. You must choose which facilities you want to be considered for. You may select one or more facility; but you must select at least one when you apply. You will be considered for the facilities that you select when you apply. Facilities may have positions are various duty locations covered by its facility. Note that some facilities may not have current vacancies at the time of this announcement. However, applicants may be considered for future and any additional vacancies that become available in the next 90 days. The Physician (Physician Assistant (Oncology Patient Navigator) duties consist of but are not limited to the following: Function as an integral part of the program by performing office support tasks, customer support, and coordinating communication between patients, families, office staff and health care providers. Assist patients in understanding their diagnosis, treatment options and the resources available. Serve as an essential link between patients and all other care providers. Facilitate appointments for consults and support services within established service standards, including social workers, dietitian, physician, etc. Communicate with primary provider and coordinate orders of necessary diagnostic tests (i.e. biopsies). Communicate with patients regarding scheduled diagnostic tests to ensure timely evaluation. Ownership, coordination, and completion of "New Oncology Patient" checklists (IV access, signed consents, chemotherapy care documents, genetic testing, pretreatment imaging for example). Alert Physicians on receptor status, next generation sequencing results. Coordinate with surgery to have surgical specimens sent for additional testing. Assist with inclusion of cases in tumor board. Chemotherapy support medication ordering. Communicate with specialty providers for streamlining of initiation of definite therapy. Re-enter expired or cancelled orders for imaging studies, order necessary test prior to interventional procedures. Monitor time elapsed from the discovery of abnormal finding to definite diagnosis and initiation of therapy. Monitor adherence to surveillance guidelines after definite therapy. Identify barriers to the plan of care and intervene as appropriate. Keep patient/caregiver involved in plan and moving toward self-directed care. Work with Tumor Registry staff and others to collect data, track outcomes, and support strategic planning processes. Create a database on patients with abnormal findings concerning for malignancy: Imaging findings concerning for malignancy or enlarging lymphadenopathy. Collaborate with the Hematology/Oncology team to provide excellent comprehensive care in the inpatient and outpatient setting to our patients. Comprehensive evaluation of new patients and follow-up of patients undergoing cancer care and surveillance. Management of chemotherapy administration, side effects and efficacy in consultation with the physician. Maintain proficiency with appropriate procedures required for care of such patients, and follow-up care in consultation with the physician of such patients. Manage chronic medical problems and preventive medicine such as management of problems specific to hematology /oncology patients. Assist the Hematology-Oncology physicians as needed to provide quality care to patients. Promote an atmosphere of efficiency and accuracy in the timeliness of completed documents. Support research activities in the Section and collaborate work with the entire section. Actively participate in Section responsibilities to ensure that the Veterans are receiving the best care possible. The Pay Range is base on Miami, FL location only. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Authorized. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement Title: Physician Assistant (Oncology Patient Navigator) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP): Eligible- *See "Additional Information" section below for more details. Is only authorized at Bay Pines and Tampa VAMC.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.