Nurse Practitioner - thoracic and GI oncology

Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch
Research Area Keywords: 

Thoracic & Gastrointestinal Oncology, clinical trials, patient care, research

Position Description: 

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is working to solve the most pressing problems in the field through basic, translational and clinical cancer research to create the cancer medicines of tomorrow and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of cancer researchers. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences. ​

We are the NCI’s internal, federally funded cancer center where world leading physician-scientists working on the cutting edge of medicine developing clinical trials of new sometimes “first-in-human” drugs and new treatment approaches. Closely knit clinical support teams are providing excellent quality of care of our patients and carrying out our clinical protocols with professionalism and compassion at the world’s largest dedicated research hospital on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.  Join our unique and rewarding clinical team.

The qualified Nurse Practioner:
Completes in-depth documentation through written progress notes, dictation summaries, and communication with referring physicians according to medical record documentation requirements. Participates in clinical rounds and conferences. Administers and adjusts trial medication under the guidance of a physician. Explains discharge instructions and medication regimens to patients and follow up with consulting service recommendations. Orders, performs and interprets basic laboratory diagnostic/treatment tests and procedures. Performs comprehensive health care assessments by obtaining health and family medical histories. Completes physical examinations. Performs clinical data recording and medical chart entries. Obtains informed consent. Maintains and completes medical records. Places orders for medications and tests. Performs retrievals from electronic medical information system. Organizes bi-monthly meetings. Distinguishes between normal and abnormal findings and determine which findings need further evaluation and/or collaboration assessment. Develops and implements a plan for care, including appropriate patient/family counseling and education based on in-depth knowledge of the specific patient populations and/or protocols. Evaluates, modifies and revises care plan at appropriate intervals. Assesses acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities. Assesses needs and/or problem areas and plan appropriate therapeutic measures. Assists in developing, implementing and evaluating medical services policies and practices. Ensures compliance with applicable licensure/certification requirements, healthcare standards, governmental laws and regulations, and policies, procedures, and philosophy in nature. Assists with extensive clinical trials programs focused on developing novel therapies. Attends scheduled patient care rounds and didactic lecture sessions of the clinical team to which s/he is assigned. Demonstrates expertise in related healthcare, individual initiative, and independent judgment. Counsels, supports, and educates patients and staff on matters relating to health and research studies/protocols. Develops patient rapport and provides emotional support in helping patients cope with stress associated with illnesses. Diagnoses and manages common acute or stable chronic health problems, injuries, and illnesses making assessments of acute and non-acute clinical problems and toxicities. Dictates admission and discharge summaries. Interprets and documents diagnostic tests and studies related to clinical trial interventions and patient conditions. Ensures unusual problems are referred to physicians or an administrative supervisor. Independently evaluates patients in both the inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. All activities shall be performed in coordination with a government attending physician. Liaise with Leidos Biomed and various NCI staff to initiate and complete tasks relating to medicine and clinical protocols, and all activities related to nursing. Maintains a high level of clinical competence in an area of specialty practice integrating the art and science of both nursing and medicine into practice. Maintains and enhances clinical practice skills by attending/participating in and conducting staff development and continuing education programs. Medically diagnoses common short term or stable chronic health problems, injuries, and illnesses. Monitors and evaluates health effects related to new/ongoing protocol studies. Monitors and grades side effects related to a variety of study interventions, including drugs and psychological behaviors. Practices within boundaries established by the Nurse Practice Act or the State of Maryland and Medical Board of the Clinical Center. Pre-screens and recruits patients to our trials. Promotes health maintenance and disease prevention programs. Provides a highly proficient level of professional health care to patients. Provides assessments of acute and non-acute medical problems and contraindications to participating in studies. Provides clear communication to the nursing team. Provides documentation and monitoring/grading of side effects related to a variety of study interventions including drugs and psychological behavior. Provides health care maintenance, diagnostic and therapeutic services, education and counseling within the boundaries of his/her specialty area of education and clinical preparation (pediatrics, adults, urologic, surgical, etc.). Screens and monitors medical status of patients/subjects participating in research studies and/or protocols. Supports in-patient and out-patient care of subjects enrolled in experimental protocols and clinical trials. Talks to new patients referred to our service about available protocols. Works as a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team to provide comprehensive care to patients in a research environment.
This position is located in Bethesda, Maryland. Bethesda is located adjacent to Washington, D.C. and is an urban core of Montgomery County, MD. Bethesda is one of the most affluent and highly educated communities in the United States. It is a vibrant town, and a destination for shopping, dining and artistic and cultural events.

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Experience Required: 

A Nurse Practitioner II applicant must possess a degree/diploma from a professional nursing program approved by the legally designated State accrediting agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.
Must have active, current registration as a professional nurse in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States.
Must have appropriate certification issued by the appropriate certifying body the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Practitioner.
Must be Maryland State Board eligible. Eligibility includes documentation of a pending Maryland license.
Foreign degrees must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency.
A minimum of two (2) years relevant clinical Nurse Practitioner experience. Experience in standard and investigational therapy in a research setting. Must be able to obtain and maintain a clearance. Prior nursing experience with clinical trials and/or oncology. Experience in an out-patient setting.

Additional Information: 

Hiring for this position will be through Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, Inc. Leidos Biomedical is the operations and technical support contractor for the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, a federal national laboratory.

How To Apply: 

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Contact Name: 
Lauri Rimorin
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