Clinical Nurse Specialist - Advanced Cancer Caregiver Program

University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario
Closing date
May 31, 2022

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Posting #896075

Position: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Advanced Cancer Caregiver Program
Organization: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Reports to: Director, Professional Practice
Scale/Grade: F0:04
Salary Range: $86,783.00 - $108,479.00 per annum (Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy)
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Status: Temporary Full Time - 1 year with a possibility to extend

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM), a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, has achieved an international reputation as a global leader in cancer care and is considered one of the top comprehensive cancer treatment and research centres in the world.

As an integral member of the nursing leadership team the CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST (CNS) provides leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of program based and central programs that impact nursing practice.

The CNS, utilizing advanced knowledge of a patient and caregiver population and their care needs, associated processes of care, and a systems and professional practice perspective, plays a key leadership role in programmatic, organizational and professional initiatives-both internal and external to the organization. These activities fall within the domains of advanced nursing practice, as defined by the UHN Framework for Advanced Nursing Practice-Clinical Practice, Leadership, Research, Collaboration and Change Agent

The Clinical Nurse Specialist - Advanced Cancer Caregiver Program is a new role where the CNS will have responsibilities with both direct and indirect care activities for the caregivers of individuals with advanced cancer. Emphasis with this role will be placed on the comprehensive screening, assessment and intervention focused on the psychosocial care needs of caregivers. To address gaps in the current model of care for this vulnerable population, the CNS in collaboration with the interprofessional team, will develop integrated care plans to address both the psychosocial and supportive care needs of caregivers. This new CNS role will evolve over time and requires a level of comfort with ambiguity while establishing role clarity within the ambulatory palliative care program.

More specifically, direct patient care will include: 1. Advanced clinical judgment and nursing knowledge to complete standardized comprehensive mental health screening, assessment, and caregiver-specific care plans 2. Specialized psychosocial interventions including supportive counseling to support caregivers coping with an individual's advanced illness 3. Navigation and supporting caregivers through the care process within the hospital system and provides connection to community-based resources as appropriate 4. Facilitates referrals to more specialized psychosocial services as required.

Indirect patient care will include: 1.Capacity building by providing education and mentorship to the ambulatory palliative care clinical team in order to promote identification of distressed caregivers and early psychosocial referral and intervention for this population 2. Identification and/or development of resources in collaboration with hospital and community-based partners to meet caregiver needs 3. Engage in nursing and psychosocial leadership activities at a local, national and international level with the goal of increasing knowledge on the complex care needs of caregivers coping with a loved one's advanced cancer diagnosis 4. In collaboration with the interprofessional team, establishes metrics for the role and participates in research activities to demonstrate the impact of the CNS role on patient and caregiver outcomes

This position will report to the Director of Professional Practice.

  • Completion of a Master's Degree in Nursing or recognized equivalent
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant experience in mental health/psychosocial oncology and/or oncology
  • Completion of a Basic Cardiac Life Support (B.C.L.S.) program
  • Current Certificate of (licensure)/registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Experience in nursing research methodology
  • Eligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution
  • Certification in Oncology Nursing and/or in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing preferred
  • Knowledge of data management programs
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal and customer services skills
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent decision making, problem recognition and problem solving skills
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Program planning and evaluation methodology skills
  • Commitment to collaborative practice
  • Ability to work effectively independently and under stressful conditions
  • Ability to work in a self directed manner
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple demands
  • Ability to utilize information technology
  • Current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support required
  • Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code

Posting Date: March 29, 2022 Closing Date: May 26, 2022

If you are interested in making a contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted

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