Palliative Nurse Navigator-Oncology

    • Job Tracking ID: 512708-814199
    • Job Location: Kennebunk, ME
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 03, 2022
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Sign-on Bonus up to $10000

NECS is currently seeking a full time 5 day/40 hr. Palliative Care Nurse Navigator with a strong interest in Oncologyto join our Palliative Care Practice. This role is a critical part of our Supportive and Palliative Care Team, dedicated to direct patient care, providing supportive and palliative services to Hematology/Oncology patients in a clinic setting. The successful candidate will work with the treatment team and patient to develop strategies for symptoms and pain management. This position will be a 2-3 day split between our Kennebunk ME and Portsmouth NH Clinics.  Experienced RN’s will be eligible for up to a $10000 sign-on bonus paid after 90 days of employment. Current and former NECS employees are not eligible for this bonus.

NECS is a private medical practice composed of 14 oncologists and hematologists serving the region from 5 different locations in Maine and New Hampshire. Our mission is to make life better for people with cancer and blood disorders. Kindness, compassion, and respect are part of everything that we do - from our phone operators to our physicians, every person on our team is important, and everyone makes a difference. We are proud to be the frist pravate practice afiliate with Dana-Farber, striving to provide the highest quality care and unmatched, holistic support for every patient, every day.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinates and collaborates with an interdisciplinary team(s) in applying clinical guidelines and treatment protocols specific for symptom management, pain management, and improvement of patient care in outpatient setting per practice guidelines.
  • Draw blood from ports, central lines, and peripheral IV access. Perform other procedures as needed.
  • Follows up with patients the day after he/she is seen in the office symptom management results.
  • Reach out to patients and families regularly to those involved in the palliative care and hospice setting.
  • Screens for patients using tools like the Dashboard, reviewing hospitalized patients for follow-up on discharge.
  • Script refills and prior authorization, communication, and referrals to Hospice and Home Care.
  • Assist physicians; conduct patient assessments.
  • Initiate and documents appropriate interventions; evaluates and records patient/family response within practice protocol.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team conferences, in-services and continuing education programs, national and regional professional organizations, and community-sponsored programs specific to Oncology, Hematology, and Palliative/Hospice Care.
  • Coordinate patient care responsibilities within the scope of the practice for licensed and unlicensed health care providers.
  • Performs nursing assessments and triage of patient care needs over the phone and in the office for all patients, not those specifically limited to Palliative Care.
  • Demonstrates respect for the life, dignity, and rights of all persons..
  • Assists in the application of national standards and guidelines for quality assessment and resources to enhance the quality of patient care.
  • Acts as a patient advocate in the coordination of ACP referrals assesses readiness for and understanding of the ACP process guiding as appropriate

Weekends: Periodic: this position participates with other RN’s in the weekend urgent care coverage 3-4 times per year.

Travel: Travel Between on Portsmouth, Kennebunk and a Scarborough Palliative Care Clinics on a weekly scheduled baisis is required.



Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing required.
  • Licensed Nurse within the State of Maine is required or ability to obtain.
  • 2+ years plus years of palliative/hospice nursing experience required
  • Hematology/Oncology experience preferred.
  • ONS Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Certification required within 6 (six) months of hire
  • Hospice Palliative Nursing Care Certification Required or ability to obtain within 1 (one) year of hire or when eligible based on criteria
  • Palliative, Hospice, Supportive Nursing Experience required
  • OCN preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and staff
  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities.


New England Cancer Specialists offers competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package to our employees.  Our benefits include medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurances.  Company-paid Life Insurance, Short Term, and Long-Term disability insurances as well as Long Term Care insurance.  Other benefits include a company-sponsored retirement program, generous Paid Time Off in addition to 10 Company-paid holidays, a Wellness Program, and other voluntary benefits.  Benefits are effective 1st of the month after your hire date.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

New England Cancer Specialists provides equal employment and promotional opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants, on the basis of experience, knowledge, training, education, ability to perform the essential functions of a position, and overall performance. All employment and promotional opportunities will be conducted in a lawful basis without regard to an individual’s race, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, color, physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or other characteristic protected under Federal, State, or local law.

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