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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Medicine Program: Oncology Clinic and Inpatient GMU/Oncology unit

Full Time
Days - Monday to Friday
$52.680 to $61.620 per hour, 25 year rate: $62.860 per hour

The Nurse Practitioner (NP), Oncology, will provide specialized and advanced nursing care to meet the unique needs of oncology patients in the Oncology Clinic and inpatient unit, in collaboration and partnership with the physicians and other members of the interprofessional team. The NP provides clinical and strategic leadership within the program, and is responsible for the promotion and enhancement of Oncology care across the health care continuum. The NP will deliver and develop excellent patient care through the roles of practitioner, consultant, educator, and leader. By utilizing theoretical and clinical expertise in this specialty area, the NP delivers advanced practice nursing to patients and families with complex situations within the clinic and in-patient setting, demonstrating a strong understanding of oncological disease processes and care options.

Reporting to the Clinical Director, Medicine and Seniors Program, The successful candidate integrates research into practice to ensure best practice standards are maintained and incorporated into clinical initiatives. S/he contributes to the education and professional development of nursing and the interprofessional team, and to the wider professional community within their area of specialization. S/he also initiates and leads best practice initiatives that promote improved patient outcomes in their specialty area and/or on a corporate basis. The NP will participate in quality improvement initiatives, and creates, utilizes and/or disseminates new clinical knowledge and strategies to optimize outcomes, experience and system performance.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) – Oncology will utilize a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base and an advanced level of clinical competence in caring for clinical and inpatients within a philosophy of patient-centered care. This will involve health assessment and diagnosis of medical and cognitive problems, developing and implementing a plan of care, providing health counseling and emotional support. The NP will work in collaboration with consulting Oncologists to facilitate early assessment and intervention for patients requiring oncology consultation.

Clinical Practice:
• Uses theoretical and evidence-based practice to plan, implement and evaluate advanced nursing care for patients within the Oncology program
• Conducts a thorough health assessment of the patient's physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs by completing a patient history and physical examination and documenting these findings in the patient's record
• Utilizes the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) and Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) to monitor, assess, and evaluate nursing interventions of disease related symptoms and the patient's response
• Prescribes and monitors drug therapy and orders and interprets appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests within the current legislative framework and internally developed and approved authorizing mechanisms such as medical directives
• Formulates and implements a holistic plan of nursing care in collaboration with the patient, family and the health care team and that complements the medical plan of care
• Provides ongoing education to patients and family regarding symptom management, medication management, general information about required tests or procedures, and end of life care (where applicable)
• Reviews relevant quality and performance data and develops clinical practice action plans to create patient and system level improvements

• Facilitates communication of patient care needs to the individual appropriate team member(s), to the weekly designated Oncologist at daily Oncology rounds, and to the interdepartmental or community services (i.e. Oncology Clinic and/or Supportive Care Clinic) as required
• Assists patients and families to navigate through the inter-professional team, departments, services and community supports required to coordinate care throughout the patient's length of stay
• Act as a nursing resource to access port-a-cath and PICC lines for oncology patients throughout the Health Centre, as required
• Facilitates referrals and patient transfers to external cancer care facilities and the offices of the corresponding consultants and/or clinicians, including appropriate documentation and summary letters

• Participates in professional, program and hospital-wide initiatives
• Leads the introduction and monitoring of key Cancer Care Ontario initiatives
• Actively promotes professional role through participation in external forums such as the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario
• Provides leadership in the development/revision of practice guidelines, protocols, policies and procedures
• Acts as a clinical practice mentor and role model and facilitates integration of evidenced-based practice and clinical practice guidelines into practice

1. Masters Degree in Nursing required.
2. Current registration in the Extended Class with the College of Nurses of Ontario required.
3. Current Certificate of Competence with the College of Nurses of Ontario required.
4. Minimum of 3 years recent experience working with clinic and inpatient Oncology patients preferred. Demonstrated and comprehensive understanding of pain and symptom management related to this patient population required.
5. Certification in Chemotherapy Administration required (deSouza certification preferred).
6. Certified in Oncology Nursing (Canada) (CON(c)) preferred.
7. Experience with Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD's) and Computerized Ambulatory Drug Delivery Pumps (CADD) required.
8. Excellent clinical skills in the area of nursing with the ability to provide care to a broad spectrum of patients in an inter-professional care setting.
9. Membership in related professional associations required, e.g. (NPAO, RNAO, etc) strongly preferred.
10. Demonstrated evidence of sound organizational, prioritization, and conflict management skills with the ability to work well in stressful situations.
11. Excellent communication, negotiation, teaching and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with patients, families, all levels of staff and the community.
12. Ability to work well autonomously.
13. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, knowledge of the principles of adult education.
14. Satisfactory attendance record required.

How To Apply

If you are interested and qualified for this position, we invite you to send us your resume by one of the following methods.

  1. Upload your resume using the form below. Please note that only PDF or Word Documents may be uploaded.
  2. Email your resume to To be properly considered for a position, both the job title and department to which you are applying, must appear in the subject line of your email. Please note, St. Joseph’s Health Centre recommends using our resume uploader as a more secure means of transmission of your personal details. While we accept resume submissions from personal email accounts as well, we cannot ensure the security of submissions sent via third-party email providers.

In support of persons' with disabilities, St. Joseph's Health Centre asks that job applicants with disabilities who require accommodation in the recruitment and selection process, please advise Human Resources if contacted for an interview/testing, so that a suitable accommodation can be arranged. (In compliance with AODA, 2005, Integrated Accessibility Standards 2011, Employment Standards). If you require assistance in completing a job application due to a disability please contact Human Resources directly at 416-530-6460.

Current St. Joseph's Health Centre employees who wish to apply for the above position must submit an electronic transfer request to Human Resources.

Electronic transfer requests can be submitted internally by choosing the position from this link, clicking "APPLY NOW", and completing the form. To access the Electronic Transfer Request system from outside the Health Centre, please click on the "For Staff" section of this site, found in the top right corner, and log-in to Access SJNet. Postings are located under the Human Resources Section of SJNet.

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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