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General Description of the Job Class The Resource Navigator provides navigation services across the cancer continuum to patients with identified barriers. Navigation services may include identifying and addressing barriers, and connecting patients to valuable resources both in-house and the community. Resource Navigator services are focused on identified concrete barriers to care (transportation, lodging, system barriers etc.) and are provided as needed throughout the care continuum. Additionally, the patient navigator functions collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team in advocating for, educating, and supporting oncology patients and survivors.
The patient navigator assists in the collection of outcomes data, in building and maintaining community relationships, and in connecting patients/families to resources to deliver a seamless model of access and care benefiting patients, participating physicians, and family members.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Assess patient barriers based on disease, acuity, research data, family and community support.
Provides navigation services, guidance, and appropriate referrals face-to-face or via telephone along the cancer care continuum.
Performs a range of non-clinical care management functions (outreach, health education, informal counseling, social support, resource linkages, interpretation/translation, transportation coordination, and advocacy).
Organize, gather, prioritize, and integrate resources from various sources to provide comprehensive services and optimize access to care for patients/families along the cancer continuum.
Act as a client advocate and support the develop of problem solving skills.
Demonstrate an understanding of the larger, more complex issues of public health and their relationship to cancer care and patient outcomes.
Navigate all criteria-based (concrete barriers) referrals through the healthcare system. Utilize critical thinking skills to anticipate potential barriers, proactively address said barriers, and accompany the patient to appointments and/or diagnostic tests when warranted to increase patient advocacy and their navigation and communication with providers.
Utilize and identify available resources to assist patients with overcoming barriers to receiving appropriate access to care and clinical trials.
Interface with external organizations, as appropriate, to ensure cooperative efforts are enhanced and available resources are utilized.
Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, investigate trends, and recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness.
Develop, maintain, and utilize an organizational system to record and update healthcare cultural relevance, health literacy, and linguistically appropriate resources for patients and their communities.
Maintain a navigation documentation per program standards.
Required Qualifications at this Level
High School degree or equivalent as well as strong communications and organizational skills.
Experience Active user of electronic medical records software strongly preferred. An associate degree in a health-related field may substitute for experience.
Preferences Experience in patient navigation. Metric tracking skills Minimum 1-2 years of experience in health care preferred.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification N/A
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent written, oral and conversational communication skills to effectively work with diverse groups.
Ability to analyze, evaluate multiple solutions and solve complex problems using well developed critical & analytical thinking skills.
Excellent time management skills needed to prioritize among many competing priorities.
Able to complete documentation in a quick and efficient manner.
Attention to detail needed to operate accurately and effectively.
Mastery of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel, and experience documenting in health record.
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level N/A
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