We have a temporary part time (0.5FTE) two year contract for a Nurse Practitioner in our CNS Clinic in the Odette Cancer Centre. The CNS oncology Nurse Practitioner works in the Odette Cancer Centre providing care to patients with primary CNS tumours (most commonly, glioblastoma). There are two areas of focus for this role:
- Assessment and provision of care for patients approaching end-of-life. This role will involve referral from CNS physicians, and other CNS NPs, in order to specifically assess health care needs for palliative care. The NP will be involved in facilitation of community based resources, act as an expert liaison between health care team and family to ensure palliative services are recommended and provided where indicated, and provide direct advice to health care professionals in the community. This role also includes academic goals related to the strategic research plans in development by the CNS site and the palliative care program.
- Active supervision of care for patients receiving community-based infusions of bevacizumab (Avastin). With the assistance of the Roche Patient Assistance program, the CNS NP will track the treatments of patients receiving bevacizumab in private community based clinics and monitor patient symptoms, infusion schedule, lab work, adverse effects, and serve as a link between the Odette clinic practice and the community.
Clinical responsibilities and accountabilities include performing patient assessments which include relevant health history, review of symptoms, functional assessment, assessment of psychosocial comorbidiities and coping skills, assessment of toxicities related to cancer and its treatment, assessment of the impact of physical comorbidities on cancer symptoms and response to treatment, assessment of family supports and resources at home, pharmacologic assessment, review of relevant laboratory, pathology and radiographic data, system-specific physical exam.
Through the assessment, the oncology NP is able to formulate a comprehensive evidence-based plan of care for patents including appropriate health education, symptom management strategies, prescriptions for chemotherapy, health maintenance and promotion, palliative care and referral to relevant specialists
- Current College of Nurses of Ontario Certificate of Competence;
- Master’s degree with College of Nurses of Ontario RN(EC) Certification, Adult or Primary Health Care;
- Certification in Oncology Nursing required, either through ONS or CNO;
- Five years acute care nursing experience;
- Demonstrated clinical expertise and experience in palliative care and CNS oncology;
- Current BCLS;
- Previous experience working as a Nurse Practitioner or in an advanced practice role an asset;
- Advanced clinical judgment and the ability to manage a population of patients with cancer;
- Program planning and evaluation skills;
- Demonstrated research or evaluation skills;
- Demonstrated professional leadership and ability to be innovative and creative;
- Highly organized with excellent communication, computer and interpersonal skills.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resumes, quoting file CR 2318sb to:
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
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