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Oncology Oral Adherence Registered Nurse

    • Job Tracking ID: 512708-855506
    • Job Location: Scarborough, ME
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 18, 2023
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

**Sign-On Bonus Eligible!!!!

New England Cancer Specialists (NECS) is currently seeking a full-time 8/hr. per day Monday-Friday Oral Adherence Nurse. The ideal candidate will have prior nursing in medical oncology, be ONS Chemo Bio Certified, be comfortable in providing triage, evaluations, and education to patient verbally over the phone. This position is eligible for up to a sign-on bonus paid after 90 days of employment. 

The Oral Adherence RN will collaborate with physician lead teams to monitor patients through their oral chemotherapy treatment plan. The RN will use phone communication and triage skills to obtain, document, and evaluate information from patients to ensure compliance within treatment guidelines. They will communicate issues that arise to appropriate members of the treatment team.

NECS is a private medical practice composed of fifteen oncologists and hematologists serving the region from five separate 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 every day. We are proud to be the first Dana Farber Affiliate practice in the country, striving to provide the highest quality care and unmatched, holistic support for every patient, every day.

Job Duties:

  • ·         Point of contact for patients, families, pharmacy, nursing, and providers for all oral chemotherapy.
  • Coordinate appointments with providers to ensure timely delivery of diagnostic and treatment services and ensure that appropriate medical records are available for these appointments. Facilitates linkages to follow-up services.
  • Receives patient telephone calls and intervenes appropriately for that patient’s specific oral chemotherapy needs in a timely manner. Alert physician as needed to patient needs that require physician intervention.
  • Performs adherence assessments as needed primarily by telephone or infrequently in person, to ensure compliance with treatment guidelines and to evaluate changing or uncertain clinical situations.
  • Provides education to the patient and their families on oral chemotherapy.
    • Works closely with the pharmacy and financial advocates to facilitate financial support for oral chemotherapy treatments.
    • Collaborates with the pharmacy to review patient medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug-drug and drug-food interactions, and therapeutic outcomes as required. Communicates findings with the pharmacy and prescribers.
    • Maintains patient care standards and assures that patient care functions, such as assessment, treatment and documentation are completed safely and effectively.
    • Participates in interdisciplinary team conferences, in-services and continuing education programs, national and regional professional organizations, and community sponsored programs specific to oncology and hematology.
    • Incorporates evidence-based research into clinical practice and provides recommendations on practice clinical policies and processes to practice directors.
    • Designs, develops, and participates in programs to evaluate the quality and/or impact of oral adherence management. Examples include cost savings initiatives, policy revision, and order set/protocol changes.
    • Works closely with the Research Department to ensure compliance.
      • Coordinate patient care responsibilities within the scope of the practice for licensed and unlicensed health care providers.
      • This position will participate in the Nurse Navigator Urgent Care Clinic Rotation.
      • Demonstrates respect for life, dignity, and rights of all persons.
      • Other duties as assigned and must be willing to travel and work at satellite offices when the need arises.

Weekends: Periodic: this position participates with other RNs in the weekend urgent care coverage 4-5 times per year.

**Current and former NECS employees are not eligible for sign-on bonus. 

Experience and Skills:

  • Associate’s degree in nursing required. Bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred.
  • State of Maine Compact Nursing License required.
  • Two years plus nursing professional experience is required.
  • Minimum of one year Hematology/Oncology experience required.
  • ONS Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Certification required or the ability to acquire within 6 (six) months of hire.
  • OCN is required within 1 (one) year of hire or when eligible based on ONCC criteria.
  • Proven knowledge of oncology practice strategies.
  • Proven organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proactive initiative to identify issues and recommend solutions. Ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • High ethical standards. Intense desire to succeed. Ability to make tough decisions. Change agent.
  • Knowledge of the nature of diseases, their treatments both curative and palliative, and the side effects of related therapies.
  • Knowledge of area agencies and willingness to collaborate with these agencies, initiating referrals when applicable.


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.  Other benefits include a retirement program, voluntary benefits, and a generous Paid Time Off as well as 10 Company-paid holidays. Paid membership to SMONS and ONS, paid RN license renewals, and Oncology Nursing Certifications per NECS guidlines. 

We support and encourage employees to continue their medical education.  Employees may attend in-services, seminars, professional conventions, or postgraduate seminars (CME Events).  Tuition assistance is available for employees looking to go back to school. 

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