Clinical Nurse Specialist, Oncology

Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 169845-1A
Date Posted: May 2, 2022
Category: Adv Practice/Non MD Provider

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

The Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cancer and Infusion Services (CNS) is an advanced practice nurse with knowledge and expertise in the care of adults with cancer or blood disorders. He/she will promote patient and family focused, evidence based care to adults with cancer or blood disorders at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center through collaboration with care teams, modeling clinical practice, teaching, consultation, and research. The sphere of influence for the CNS Cancer and Infusion Services is the patient and family, nursing personnel, support staff, and other healthcare providers. Provides support and education to cancer services in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting, working collaboratively with hematology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and infusion patients and colleagues. Strong leadership qualities and management skills are necessary to facilitate program development and organizational culture change.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

Clinical Practice:

? Facilitate system wide advancements in the care of adults with cancer and blood disorders through education, consultation, research, leadership, and professional development.

? Demonstrates and integrates evidence based practice in the care of adults with cancer and blood disorders and their families.

? Create an environment of multidisciplinary collaboration in care of adults with cancer and blood disorders.

? Supports independent practice of professional nurses through collaboration, consultation, and role modeling.

? Coaches practice decisions with nursing personnel, and help to evaluate outcomes.

? Guides nursing personnel in the establishment of standards of oncology and hematology patient care and interprets established standards.  

? Identifies and recommends innovative approaches to complex problems related to the care of adults with cancer and blood disorders.

? Design and carry out clinical research in collaboration with nursing staff related to care of adults with cancer and blood disorders at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

? Membership at the local and national level of the Oncology Nursing Society is strongly encouraged.



? Develops, implements, and evaluates educational programs at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center related to the needs of adults with cancer and blood disorders, including the annual competencies. 1 Z02N79 Revised: April, 2021 Printed: 4/13/2021

? Serves as a member of the Nursing Research Council, Nursing Practice Committee, Magnet Committee.

? Provides patient and family education and consultation for selected individuals and groups.

? Act as a resource for nurses for best practice strategies regarding evidence based oncologic and hematologic nursing care.

? Supports nurses with meeting the culturally diverse needs of patients and families in cancer and blood disorder care.

? Promotes professional development and certification of nursing colleagues in Oncology Nursing through the ANCC.

? Educates Medical Students and Nursing students


Research and Evidenced Based Practice (EBP):

? Uses continuous quality improvement process data when appropriate.

? Facilitates an environment that supports collaboration with other role groups, critical thinking, and research endeavors.

? Encourages and promotes evidence-based practice through presentation, articles, case studies, electronic communication, and through unit councils.

? Incorporates evidence and research into development of policies and procedures, educational standards, and other materials.

? Promotes activities that further nursing knowledge and professional practice by assisting with evidenced based practice, education, or publication opportunities.

? Supports GRN’s in the conduct of and presentation of unit-based research projects.

? Works in collaboration with Nursing Research at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.



? Provides oncological and hematological nursing consultation to all role groups, using a multidisciplinary team approach to promote positive outcomes.

? Provides clinical expertise for issues related to cancer and blood disorders and symptom management, in the form of consultation.

? Shares information regarding educational opportunities that are offered locally and nationally.

? Collaborates with organizational leaders and others to identify areas of needed change.

? Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to enhance patient care.

? Contributes to the identification, formulation, implementation and evaluation of the future goals and directions of care of adults with cancer and blood disorders at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

? Collaborates with Nurse Managers, Clinical Educators, Central Educators to integrate oncology and hematology nursing into practice at all levels of experience.


Professional Relationships:

? Facilitates professional relationships within the three spheres of influence: nursing, healthcare system/organization, and patient/family.

? Facilitates the establishment of collaborative relationships with physicians and colleagues.

? Collaborates with the health care team to facilitate best practices.

? Communicates effectively with physicians, nurses and patient/families.

? Organizes and prioritizes work to meet deadlines.

? Is alert to potential Quality Improvement (QI) issues and actively collaborates with the team to problem solve issues that impact patient safety.

? Mentors staff to continue professional education and progress along the expertise pathways.

? Practices and promotes patient/staff advocacy, initiates consultation with appropriate committees or colleagues when necessary.

? Maintains strict adherence to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center’s Confidentiality policy.


Organizational Standards:

 1) Incorporates Lahey Hospital and Medical Center’s Guiding Principles, Mission Statement and Goals into daily activities.

2) Complies with all Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Policies. 2 Z02N79 Revised: April, 2021 Printed: 4/13/2021

3) Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

 4) Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

5) Demonstrates an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

6) Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

7) Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.

8) Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

9) Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Graduate of a state approved or accredited School of Nursing, BSN required. Master’s degree in Nursing required.

Licensure, Certification, Registration: Current license to practice professional nursing from the state of Massachusetts. Basic Life Support. OCN certification required.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities: Strong leadership qualities and management skills are necessary to facilitate program development and organizational culture change. Experience in the acute care of adults with cancer and blood disorders required. A high level of interpersonal skills are  necessary in order to provide effective leadership to nursing managers and staff and a wide variety of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center staff and outside agencies.  Demonstrated excellence in Oncological and Hematological nursing practice, research, teaching, writing, public speaking, leadership, and team building.

Experience: 5 years oncology nursing experience, including demonstrated clinical competence in an acute care clinical setting. Background in planning and developing education programs is required. Leadership or project management experience.

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.