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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S0047 / Oncology Practice Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: AE16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Provides specialized, routine to acute primary care, diagnostic assessment, intervention, and evaluation to recently diagnosed, chronically or terminally ill, or convalescing oncology patients receiving inpatient and/or outpatient services at the UNM Cancer Treatment Center.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides primary medical treatment, patient management, and critical care, in collaboration with licensed Oncologists, to diagnosed inpatient and/or outpatient oncology patients.
  2. Obtains detailed patient history, performs physical assessments, and interprets data; formulates and evaluates the outcome of medical care plans.
  3. Writes appropriate medical orders, to include orders for controlled substances, as required.
  4. Performs a range of specialized therapeutic interventions on an elective and/or emergency basis to patients, as required.
  5. Notifies attending physician on call, house physician on call, or supervising physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation.
  6. Attends and provides midlevel assistance as appropriate in the performance of high-risk procedures requiring specialized expertise; counsels families prior to, during, and/or after the execution of procedures, as required.
  7. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods.
  8. Guides, educates, and/or mentors oncology residents, medical students, and other health care providers as appropriate; may participate in outreach education.
  9. Actively participates in daily patient rounds; documents patient status through appropriate use of admission H and P, daily progress notes, and discharge summaries.
  10. Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist certification program; current certification as a Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Clinical Nurse Specialist with Prescriptive authority.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of primary care principles and practices.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the particular needs and challenges of patients.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches in area of expertise.
  • Ability to effectively perform specialized therapeutic interventions and mid-level medical procedures as appropriate to area of expertise.
  • Skill in preparing and maintaining patient records.
  • Ability to clearly communicate medical information to professional colleagues and the general public.
  • Foundation knowledge of anatomy and physiology principles.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to collect, interpret, and analyze medical data, and to formulate, implement, and evaluate a plan of medical care.
  • Knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics, their indications, contraindications, dosing, side effects, and proper administration.
  • Ability to perform calmly and effectively in emergency and critical care situations.
  • Knowledge of appropriate billing codes, policies, and procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of computer operations and data entry.

Conditions of Employment

  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Specialty mid-level Oncology certification may become a requirement for positions in this classification.
  • Subject to credentialing process; must maintain credentialed status.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work involves moderate physical effort; requires occasional handling and manipulation of equipment weighing in excess of 200 pounds.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017