Oncology Nurse Navigator - Medical Center

Employment: Nursing

Type: Full Time

Location: 2130 W. Holcombe Blvd, .10th Floor, Houston, Texas 77030, TX

We are seeking an experienced Oncology Nurse Navigator for our Medical Center and Southeast locations. 

Video Clip 1: The Culture among Staff at Oncology Consultants according to Vickie Houff, Oncology RN

About Oncology Consultants

"You can make a difference in the life of an oncology patient and find your career satisfaction by joining our team of healthcare professionals today."

Oncology Consultants has been a premier adult medical oncology & hematology practice in Houston, TX for over 40 years. Our healthcare team is committed to providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment in a caring environment as we continue to expand our oncology services in the metropolitan region.  


Shift Schedule:

  • Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm


  • Insurances: Life, medical, dental, short term and long term disability
  • 401K
  • Free parking
  • PTO
  • Holidays 
  • Competitive salary

About the Position

The Oncology Nurse Navigator serves as an expert oncology clinician and patient/ client advocate who assists oncology patients/families in navigating the complex healthcare system. The NRSNV incorporates nursing and patient education, management, leadership, research, and consultation into the role to achieve quality patient care outcomes. The NRSNV works with the medical staff, clinic team, and nursing leadership to create an environment conducive to quality hematology / oncology patient care throughout the treatment continuum.  The NRSNV practices in accord with OC policies and procedures, the Texas Nurse Practice Act, and ONS standards. The NRSNV must demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the OC patient population.

The goal of the NRSNV in oncology patient care is to promote the optimal function of the individual/family throughout the continuum of the disease experience. This is achieved by integration of physiological and psychosocial components, utilizing the nursing process.

  1. Assessment:  Identify resources and deficits
  2. Planning:  Formulate goals of care, patient priorities
  3. Intervention:  Physical care, patient education, referral, and/or counseling in order to assist the patient to reach health care goals
  4. Evaluation:  Ongoing assessment of effectiveness of intervention, with modifications as needed

Video interview with Vicky Houff, RN speaking about the opportunity in Oncology Consultants


Areas of Nursing Practice: The NRSNV will comply with the practice policies and procedures, as published and on site in each practice location.  The individual practitioner is responsible to review and implement updates as they are made available.  In the performance of clinical activities, the ONC is expected to be aware of and utilize practice guidelines and national standards of care.

Specific areas of NRSNV practice essential to optimal function within the role at Oncology Consultants include:

  1. Case Finding
    1. Identifies patients who will require contact during high stress points
      1. Initial Diagnosis
      2. Treatment initiation
      3. Relapse
      4. End of Life care
    2. Patients are identified and / or referred to the Nurse Navigator by
      1. Nurse Navigator
      2. Clinic staff
      3. MD
      4. Patient (self referred)
  2. Initiates and completes contacts via:
    1. Face to face meeting
    2. Telephone
    3. Email
    4. Traditional mail
  3. Education of patient and significant other (SO)
    1. Disease specifics
    2. Treatment plan
    3. Works collaboratively with the attending provider and Infusion Nurse to provide information
  4. Transitions of Care
    1. Updates chart with transition of care information
    2. Hospital Admissions
      1. Updates admission, rooming and discharge information in medical record
      2. Post discharge contact
    3. Home Health / Hospice and Other Services referrals
      1. Coordinate care with attending physician
      2. Collaborate with authorization staff to identify appropriate agencies
      3. Coordinate referral to agencies
      4. Follow up contact with patient / SO
  5. Offers psychosocial and / or emotional support to patients/SO
    1. Collaborates with patient advocate team
  6. Collaborate with Infusion nurse to triage patient clinical issues
  7. Coordinates miscellaneous services for patients as requested by attending physician
  8. Generalist Oncology Nursing Interventions
    1. Technical Aspects of Cancer Nursing  include all basic nursing activities in addition to those specific to oncology patient care
      1. Demonstrate proficiency in routine clinical procedures, as
        1. Handling of blood and body fluids
        2. Maintenance of supplies and equipment for optimal work environment
        3. Function as liaison between patient / health care system / lay public
  9. Professional accountability is expected of each professional registered nurse, in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act of Texas and policies and procedures of the practice:
    1. Knowledge of laws governing the practice of nursing in Texas
    2. Identification as RN or LVN via ID badge during all patient contact
    3. Current licensure by the State Board of Nurse Examiners
      1. Reported to administration with each renewal period
  10. Documentation according to practice standards includes written notes and the utilization of computer technology appropriately and effectively
    1. Nursing Actions
    2. Interventions performed in the office for oncology patient care
    3. Telephone contact / information and instructions
    4. Patient Response to therapy
  11. Administrative Role includes indirect nursing activities which promote quality cancer patient care within the practice.  This includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Collaboration with physicians and Office Team to identify patient care flow issues and collaboratively identify process changes when indicated.
    2. Development of education programs which address areas identified in Section A.  This includes ongoing evaluation and modification of content, tools, and methods.
    3. Time management of clinic periods, both physician and nursing
    4. Collaborative staff meetings for upgrading / revision of clinical services and nursing practice
    5. Cost effective time and equipment / supply management
    6. Plan and provide adequate nursing coverage
    7. Maintain working relationships with pharmaceutical, medical supply, and home health care representatives
    8. Work collaboratively with clinic support staff to maintain patient work flow throughout the day
    9. Provide clinical information required by the clerical staff to obtain authorization for care, optimize patient insurance resources
    10. Coordinate care with physician staff members
    11. Report to Nursing Manager and / or Practice Administrator
  12. Community:
    1. Provide/promote educational programs for other nurses  and/or health care providers addressing cancer patient care
    2. Participate in the development of standard procedures for cancer care in community hospitals
  • Registered Nurse or LVN, current license in the state of Texas
  • Valid driver's license and proof of current vehicle insurance required
  • Bilingual- A+ but not mandatory
  • Oncology Nursing experience - at least 1 year
  • Computer literate


Oncology Consultants is an equal opportunity employer.

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