• Patient and Family Education Practitioner RN

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/27/2018 3:51 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Patient and Family Educator is responsible for developing resources for patient and family education throughout the Division/ Department of Hematology, Oncology, NeuroOncology, and Stem Cell Transplant (HONT) to promote improved high-quality care and increased safety for patients and their families. This role is responsible for implementing comprehensive patient education programs across the Lurie Children’s HONT Service Line, in collaboration with Division/ Department leadership.


    1. Coordinates, facilitates, and performs the initial and follow-up education for the patient and caregivers in the following main areas: new diagnosis cancer, central venous catheter, stem cell transplant discharge planning, and other disease specific, treatment specific education in the inpatient and outpatient setting consistent with the Association of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology Nursing Association (APHON) and Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) standards, goals, and performance expectations.
    2. Documents patient and family learning needs/ styles and education provided in the EHR.
    3. Performs patient and family educational assessments utilizing a variety of assessment methods and/ or area-specific tools. Individualizes teaching plans of care and develops goals relative to patient and caregiver needs. Evaluates and documents changes to the educational plan of care.
    4. Participates in the development, implementation and ongoing assessment of educational materials, policies, procedures, and guidelines that define the education of the patient and family as described above (#1) to assure compliance with standards established by Lurie Children’s, TJC, APHON, COG, FACT, CHA (i.e. tracking of quality of education/ quality improvement), and other regulatory agencies.
    5. Establishes and maintains an effective working relationship with members of the interdisciplinary team.
    6. Participates in multidisciplinary rounds and care team meetings.
    7. Participates in developing and revising procedures, policies, protocols, pathways and standards of care related to Hematology, Oncology, NeuroOncology, Stem Cell Transplant patients.
    8. Enhances professional development through participation in seminars, conferences, workshops, professional affiliations, and educational programs to keep abreast of current trends related Hematology, Oncology, NeuroOncology, Stem Cell Transplant education and management.
    9. Facilitates and collaborates with all members of the team in identifying and participating in Hematology, Oncology, NeuroOncology, Stem Cell Transplant research projects and incorporates findings in clinical practice related to patient and family education.
    10. Collaborates and partners with the Clinical Nurse Educator to facilitate and teach the APHON chemotherapy/ biotherapy course.
    11. Serves as the leadership liaison for Hematology, Oncology, NeuroOncology, Stem Cell Transplant professional governance committee(s), in coordination and collaboration with HONT leadership and staff.
    12. Other duties as assigned.


    1. RN BSN required, R.N. MSN preferred with minimum 3-5 years of pediatric oncology experience required.
    2. Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPON or CPHON) preferred.
    3. Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPON or CPHON) within 1-year of hire required.
    4. Certified APHON chemotherapy/ biotherapy instructor certification within 1-year of hire required.
    5. Must have experience with teaching patients and families. Individual should have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    6. Knowledgeable of Division-specific treatment plans and have the ability to work well with multiple disciplines.
    7. Must be able to apply nationally recognized education standards to patient education practice.


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