Patient Navigator (RN) - Oncology Outpatient Care

  • MaineHealth
  • Scarborough, ME, USA
  • Oct 15, 2021

Job Description


The Thoracic Program at Maine Medical Center is recruiting for a Lung Screening navigator. Primary responsibilities include navigation of lung screening patients, including informed decision-making, assisting with lung screening program development, assisting referring providers with patient care issues and patient concern resolution,   This position provides support to the Lung Nodule (Matrix) conference specialty review.  Ability to work in teams, multitask and attention to detail are essential to this position. 
  • Position Summary
    • The Oncology Nurse Navigator will guide patients through the care continuum, establishing contact with recurrent and newly diagnosed cancer patients and/or family member, or caregiver. The Patient Navigator will understand the clinical pathways established by the MMC Oncology Program and will direct the patients to health care services within the organization, at outside facilities, and within the community for timely diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The Patient Navigator will actively identify and address barriers to care that might keep the patient from receiving timely and appropriate treatment for their cancer diagnosis. The Patient Navigator will connect patients with resources, health care and support services in their communities and assist the patient and oncology physicians in the transition from active treatment to survivorship. The Patient Navigator will work closely with the MMC Oncology Program and community based service providers (i.e. ACS, , MeHealth LRC) to identify and address community needs for cancer screening services and education regarding cancer prevention and early detection. The Patient Navigator will be responsible for ongoing evaluation and quality improvement of the Navigator Program and with support from the Oncology program and provide supporting data for quality initiatives.
  • Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
    • Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing or actively matriculated into a BSN degree program with the expectation that BSN degree will be completed within 3 years of hire.
    • License/Certifications: Current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Maine. Oncology Certification or defined process for achievement of certification is required. Evidence of minimal ongoing education to maintain oncology certification.
    • Experience: Experience working with oncology patients and families preferred. Experience working in medical settings and interacting collaboratively with medical teams. Experience in community outreach is desirable.
    • Demonstrated competency in applying evidence based knowledge, theory, practices, principles, and processes of professional nursing.
    • Compassionate, articulate and patient.
    • Knowledgeable about the breadth and accessibility of community resources.
    • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
    • Ability to build and maintain solid interdepartmental relationships.
    • Strong problem solving, critical thinking, and advocacy skills.
    • Ability to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks and to work independently with limited supervision.
    • Computer proficiency
    • Ability to identify potential crisis situations involving patients and/or families and to initiate appropriate action.

Additional Information

Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated 606-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in Portland.