Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR, United States

Salary Range (Annual Salary)

$42 - $65


Department Overview

The Knight Cancer Institute provides total patient centered medical care in a practice setting staffed by faculty (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners) as well as fellows of Oregon Health & Science University.

OHSU Mission

Improve the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. We strive to realize this vision through partnerships that will make us a national leader in health and science innovation.

OHSU Nursing Vision

As professional nurses, we partner with our community and each other to provide innovative, compassionate and excellent patient-centered care.

OHSU Core Competencies

OHSU Core Competencies are the knowledge, skills and behaviors that create the culture that facilitates advancing our nursing mission and vision. Our culture is what differentiates the experience of those we serve. For OHSU to be successful, we need to demonstrate and continually strengthen these core competencies through the work we do.

Teamwork, Collaboration & Inclusion: Every person matters.
Organizational Perspective: We are all connected.
Performance Results: We work hard to make great things happen.
Personal Effectiveness: We are strong in character.
Clinical Enterprise: We make a difference
Function/Duties of Position
Hiring Bonus and Relocation Package Available

The Registered Nurse Coordinator is a key member of a multi-disciplinary patient care team, which includes providers, residents, fellows and other clinical support staff. The Palliative RN Coordinator provides direct and indirect professional nursing care for patients seeking care at OHSU for Oncology services including bone marrow/stem cell transplant, cellular therapies, chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments. S/he assesses patient and family needs, assists in developing a plan of care, implements, educates, and evaluates the care delivered. The RN Coordinator serves as a key communication link between the patient, his/her family and the care team. The RN Coordinator is a continuous advocate for patients and their families, ensuring that clinical and business systems are customer service focused. The RN Coordinator practices in accord with professional standards, core values and with a commitment to service excellence. The RN Coordinator reports to the Care Management and Coordination Manager in Ambulatory Oncology.

The OHSU Clinical registered nurse (RN) provides compassionate, evidence-based, and efficient care to individuals, families, communities and patient populations. The Clinical RN’s care delivery is consistent with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics. The Clinical RN demonstrates the professional role obligations of scientist, leader, practitioner, and knowledge transferor [Onsomble Model of the Professional Role™]. Professional accountability enriches the Clinical RN’s engagement as a leader in promoting an inter-professional culture of collaborative decision-making, innovation, life-long learning, and teamwork. The Clinical RN exemplifies the principles of a Culture of Safety by committing to a Just Culture, a Reporting Culture, Learning Culture, and an Engaged Informed Culture.


The RN Coordinator works with the Providers to ensure that all baseline clinical information, both diagnostic and therapeutic, is gathered together in a systematic fashion prior to the patients visit. S/he works to ensure that new patients are prepared for the testing, evaluation and potential outcome of the visits ahead of time.
The RN Coordinator collaborates with the Nurse Navigators, Team Coordinators, Care Coordinators and Managed Care Coordinators to ensure that all appropriate business-related information is gathered prior to the visit, authorizations have been obtained and pre-registration has taken place.
The RN Coordinator collaborates with multiple interdisciplinary teams to ensure timely and accurate care is provided to patients and their families (Cellular Therapy program, Intervention Radiology, Apheresis, Research etc.)

The RN Coordinator may be called upon to assign tasks to team members after assessing patient needs, staff skills and resources.
The RN Coordinator collaborates with other members of the team to ensure that patient flow is expedited during clinical practice sessions.
The RN Coordinator ensures that Provider orders that result from the new patient visit are recorded and executed. S/he also works to ensure that laboratory and other diagnostic findings are available to clinicians in a timely fashion after tests are performed. S/he tracks the post visit flow information to ensure that plans of care are executed in a timely fashion.
The RN Coordinator ensures that when hospitalization is required; those patients and their family members understand prior to admission, what they can expect during the pre-hospitalization, hospital stay and post discharge period. The RN Coordinator is expected to troubleshoot any problems that patients and their families may encounter in preparing for or during their hospital stay.
General Clinical/Patient Care

Identifies the needs of patients through observations of disease symptoms, emotional state, cultural and socioeconomic background and response to medical regimen and treatment. Uses knowledge of the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process. Incorporates assessment of pain, nutritional and functional need.
Triages and responds or refers inquiries appropriately. Recognizes and reports specific physical and emotional conditions/needs/concerns of the patients to appropriate members of the health care team. Alerts Providers to unusual observations of patients to facilitate immediate attention e.g. respiratory distress
Plans as appropriate for the needs of patients and uses knowledge of the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process. Collaborates with Providers and other members of the clinical support team in planning for the needs of the patients.
Provides individualized nursing care that responds to the needs of patients and demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment required by patients.
Responds to the emotional needs of patients by demonstrating sensitivity to the emotional state of patients. By developing a therapeutic relationship, the RNC will communicate to patients in an appropriate manner, utilizing assessment and professional problem solving to resolve conflict or barriers experience by the patient. Refers to appropriate members of the health team indicated.
Assesses patient/family learning needs; including barriers to learning and the most effective teaching methods. Implements patient teaching utilizing all available resources.

Inpatient Clinical Care

RN Coordinator will coordinator appointments and order planned admissions and communicate the plan to the inpatient staff to ensure optimal clinical outcomes.

RN Coordinator will work with the Nursing Manager and the service chief in development of protocol and pathway driven care for most common malignancies treated on the Hem/Onc service as well as key measures of quality of care for the Med Onc Service , including adherence to pathways.

RN Coordinator will work with the Nursing Manager and Clinical Director to periodically review key quality indicators. On the basis of these reviews, RN Coordinator will assist the Nursing Manager and the Clinical Director in developing or modifying relevant processes of care to ensure continuous quality improvement

Outpatient Clinical Care

Assesses patient/family status and needs both actual and potential according to established standards.

Educates patient/family on chemotherapy, transplant, cellular therapy and plan of treatment as established by the Care Team.

Coordinates and implements initiation of treatment plan of care.

Monitors, maintains and modifies the plan of care based on patient/family response to interventions.

Collaborates with call center staff and triage nurses to triages all patient calls; triages Provider calls and assists with communication when necessary. Uses standing orders to manage patient care when appropriate triage.

Recognizes and effectively responds to emergencies. Speaks with Providers directly in all emergency situations.

Assists with appropriate program placement if needed.

Acts as a patient advocate, preserving basic patients and family rights. Provides support to patients and families

Demonstrates knowledge of practice specific standards of care in actual performance.

Clarifies and accurately executes provider orders, per established protocol.

Recognizes ethical issues and takes appropriate action in the provision of care

Maintains current knowledge of pharmacology and competency in modes of administration.

Collaborates with support services based on patient and family needs (genetic counseling, social worker, nutrition, etc.)

Required Qualifications

Associate or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
BSN preferred
Associate Degree Nurses required to enroll in BSN program within 3 years of hire and complete within 5 years of hire.
Job Related Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Communication skills including fluency in oral and written English.
Basic computer skills including the ability to send/receive email, navigate information technology associated with the position, and use Electronic Health
Record information and tools.
Four years’ experience in an oncology setting with at least two recent years in an ambulatory setting
Registrations, Certifications, and/or Licenses

Current unencumbered Oregon RN license.
Current BLS certification issued by the American Heart Association or the Military Training Network
Must Obtain a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) within 18 months of hire
Preferred Qualifications

Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
Job Related Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN), Oncology Nurse (OCN) or Blood and Marrow Transplant Certification (BMTCN) at time of hire is preferred
Additional Details
Orientation Period: 6-8 weeks

*Bonus Disclaimer: current RN employees at OHSU, Adventist Medical Center in Portland or Hillsboro Medical Center are not eligible for the hiring bonus.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Attn: Ricardo Castillo-Flores
E-mail: recruiter@ohsu.edu
Phone: (503) 418-0024

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