Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures for the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.
At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.
The Oncology Nurse Navigator is a member of an interdisciplinary care team. This role provides patient centric care and is primarily responsible for the care of patients with past, current, or potential diagnosis of cancer. Assist patients, families, and caregiver to overcome healthcare system barriers and provide education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.
Uses critical thinking and the nursing process to assess and meet the needs of patients by providing care coordination throughout the cancer continuum
Works between the domains of the patient and family unit and the healthcare delivery system to improve health, treatment, or end-of-life outcomes
Demonstrates effective communication with peers, members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, health care partners, community organizations and resources
Assesses physical, emotional, social, spiritual needs of the patients and families and identifies barriers to care. Provides support and referrals to decrease barriers
Follows care pathways to place orders for the providers for diagnostic workup and ensures timely appointments
Integrates research and evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice
Facilitates the appropriate and efficient delivery of healthcare services, both within and across systems, to promote optimal outcomes while delivering patient-centered care.
Current Washington State nursing license
Current BLS AHA Health Provider Card (or equivalent course, such as by the American Red Cross) and renewal required every two years
Promotes lifelong learning and evidence-based practice, by self and others, to improve the care of patients with a current, or potential diagnosis of cancer
Demonstrates professionalism within both the workplace and community through respectful interactions and effective teamwork
Disseminates knowledge of the ONN role to other healthcare team members through peer education, mentoring, and preceptor experiences
Participates in the tracking of metrics and patient outcomes, in collaboration with administration, to document and evaluate outcomes of the navigation program and report findings to the cancer committee
Promotes a patient- and family-centered care environment for ethical decision making and advocacy for patients with cancer
Establishes and maintains professional role boundaries with patients, caregivers, and the multidisciplinary care team in collaboration with manager as defined by job description
In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, builds partnerships with local agencies and groups that may assist with cancer patient care, support, or educational needs.
Critical thinking; the ability to practice the cognitive skills of analyzing, applying standards, discriminating, information seeking, logical reasoning, predicting, and transforming knowledge
Assesses educational needs of patients, families, and caregivers taking into consideration barriers to care (e.g., literacy, language, cultural influences, comorbidities)
Provides and reinforces education to patients, families, and caregivers about diagnosis, treatment options, side effect management, and post-treatment care and survivorship
Educates patients, families, and caregivers on the role of the ONN.
Orients and educates patients, families, and caregivers to the cancer healthcare system, multidisciplinary team member roles, and available resources
Promotes autonomous decision making by patients through the provision of personalized education and support
As part of the multidisciplinary team, provides education and reinforces to patients, families, and caregivers the significance of adherence to treatment schedules, protocols, and follow-up
Assesses and promotes healthy lifestyle choices and self-care strategies through education and appropriate referrals to ancillary services
Provides anticipatory guidance, education, and appropriate referrals to assist patients in coping with the diagnosis of cancer and its potential or expected outcomes
Promotes awareness of clinical trials to patients, families, and caregivers.
Assesses patient needs upon initial encounter and periodically throughout navigation, matching unmet needs with appropriate services and referrals and support services, such as dietitians, providers, social work, and financial services
Develops or uses appropriate assessment tools (e.g., distress thermometer, pain scale, fatigue scale, performance status) to promote a consistent, holistic plan of care
Facilitates timely scheduling of appointments, diagnostic testing, and procedures to expedite the plan of care and to promote continuity of care
Participates in coordination of the plan of care with the multidisciplinary team, promoting timely follow-up on treatment and supportive care recommendations
Facilitates individualized care within the context of functional status, cultural consideration, health literacy, and psychosocial and spiritual needs for patients, family, and caregiver
Assists in the identification of candidates for genetic counseling and facilitates appropriate referrals
Supports a smooth transition of patients from active treatment into survivorship or end-of-life care
Uses an ethical framework regarding patient care to assist patients with cancer with issues related to treatment goals, advance directives, palliative care, and end-of-life concerns
Ensures documentation of patient encounters and provided services
Applies basic knowledge of insurance processes (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, third-party payers) and their impact on staging, referrals, and patient care decisions toward establishing appropriate referrals, as needed.
Demonstrates knowledge of the FHCC Clinical Pathways
Builds therapeutic and trusting relationships with patients, families, and caregivers through effective communication and listening skills
Acts as a liaison between the patients, families, and caregivers and the providers to optimize patient outcomes
Advocates for patients to promote optimal care and outcomes
Provides psychosocial support to and facilitates appropriate referrals for patients, families, and caregivers, especially during periods of high emotional stress and anxiety
Empowers patients and families through education and encouragement to self- advocate and communicate their needs
Adheres to established regulations concerning patient information and privacy
Ensures that communication is culturally sensitive
Facilitates communication among members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team to prevent fragmented or delayed care that could adversely affect patient outcomes.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Outpatient care coordination
SCCA has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, and there are no exceptions for any employee who is patient-facing and/or requires access to SCCA facilities.
Exceptions exist only for employees whose positions are fully remote, with no required access to campus. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees requiring access to campus must provide proof of vaccination before their first day of employment.
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.