Registered Nurse - STAR Program
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Chicago, IL 60611
Registered Nurse – STAR Program
This position provides Relationship Based Care for patients/families with acute and chronic diseases, disorders found in the pediatric and adolescent into young adult populations. Utilizes enhanced specialty knowledge and skills to provide nursing excellence to patients within designated patient care area(s). Utilizes the nursing process and performs responsibilities in five areas of nursing practice: clinician, clinical inquiry, teacher, professional development and leadership. Understands and integrates into the delivery of patient care the needs of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent and adult patients regarding their growth and development process. Actively supports the Hospital and department’s quality goals and service excellence principles.
This position will specifically support The Survivors Taking Action and Responsibility (STAR) Program. This program provides risk-based care using national and international survivorship guidelines for childhood cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors. Our program also participates in research to contribute to ongoing improvements in survivorship care and the quality of life of survivors.
Over 85% of children diagnosed with cancer can expect to be cured, due to innovations in chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and stem cell transplant, as well as increased understanding of the biology of cancer. Pediatric cancer treatments can create persisting side effects, becoming what are known as “late effects.” The STAR Program addresses late effects of pediatric cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplant treatment in children and young adults.
Patients are referred to the STAR program five years after a cancer diagnosis if they are in full clinical remission, or two years following hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Patients are seen annually. We currently see over 800 patients each year.
Our program’s goal is to assist and empower survivors to grow and develop into adulthood, have a voice, live to their full potential and contribute to society. We provide continued monitoring and care for the effects of childhood cancer and its treatments and help further the research regarding this patient group. Our organized, systematic and comprehensive follow-up program addresses both the physiologic and psychosocial effects of cancer treatment.
Shares responsibility for clinic prep with the APN and Clinical Research Coordinator, with a focus on new referrals to the STAR program.
a. Reviews and abstracts patient health and treatment history, surveillance indicated by COG/ASTCT guidelines, coordinates labs and tests (per protocol/COG/ASTCT guidelines)Completes pre-visit paperwork including retrieval of records from outside providers
2. Performs nursing assessments utilizing a variety of assessment methods and/or area-specific tools.
3. Triage patient calls between visits. Performs nursing care according to procedures/protocols. Anticipates impending emergent situations and intervenes effectively.
4. Completes follow up on lab and test results with the family and members of the multidisciplinary team to identify health care needs. Ensures that patient/family completes labs/tests ordered for future visits and that family returns results in a timely manner.
5. Communicates changes in patient status to other members of the STAR team. Utilizes appropriate resources for referral or consultations (other providers at Lurie, outside providers, Adult STAR program at Northwestern).
6. Maintain patient database and identify/communicate with patients that may be lost to follow-up.
7. Develops or individualizes existing plans of care and develops goals relative to family needs. Provides patient/family, primary care and outside provider education.
8. Keeps up to date in nursing practice by utilizing current nursing and healthcare literature for information and problem solving.
9. Incorporates current hospital and departmental quality initiatives into daily activities.
10. Adheres to communication, service excellence and professional image standards that support the hospital mission and philosophy.
11. Works cooperatively and effectively as a team member to foster achievement of unit/hospital goals.
12. Identifies learning needs and seeks resources to advance nursing practice and achieve professional goals.
13. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
14. Demonstrates knowledge of pertinent aspects and competency with protocols related to the use of chemical disinfection, high level disinfection, and sterilization if required as part of the responsibilities of the role.
15. Other job functions as assigned.
1. Bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher required.
2. Pediatric hematology/oncology/neuro-oncology or stem cell transplant experience preferred.
3. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the State of Illinois.
4. Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.
5. Ability to effectively communicate with patient/families, physicians and hospital staff.
6. Special certifications may be required by department.
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