Purpose: This nurse specialist position provides expert clinical consultation and technical assistance in the areas of screening, follow-up, and treatment of breast cancer; and screening and follow-up of colorectal cancer. Consultation is provided to support administration of complex public health programs including the MI Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP) and the MI Colorectal Cancer Early Detection Program (CRCEDP).
Duties and Responsibilities: Works collaboratively with the BCCCNP and CRCEDP Directors and their teams in administration of clinical services for women and men. • Monitors adherence of local coordinating agencies to BCCCNP and CRCEDP medical protocols and to the CDC clinical performance indicators. • Assists local coordinating agencies and clinical service providers to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements for BCCCNP and CRCEDP. • Reviews accuracy and appropriateness of clinical care documentation in the Michigan Breast and Cervical Information System (MBCIS) database for breast and colorectal cancers. • Provides clinical consultation as a recognized resource to local coordinating agencies and clinical service providers, in arranging for appropriate diagnostic and treatment services for women and/or men identified with a screening abnormality. • Conducts site visits as needed to local coordinating agencies and clinical service provider sites to provide consultation regarding adherence to medical protocols and use of the MBCIS for monitoring of clinical services received by program clients. • Works with BCCCNP and CRCEDP teams in evaluating quality improvement processes relating to data and clinical quality. • Obtains feedback from local agencies to state program staff and the CDC regarding provision of screening and diagnostic clinical services to program clients. • Provides consultation about breast and colorectal cancer clinical practice to local agencies and clinicians, primarily related to screening, follow-up, and diagnosis of these two cancers. • Is knowledgeable about national breast and colorectal guidelines which may affect service delivery. • Maintains own clinical competency involving new and emerging technologies for breast and colorectal screening and diagnostic procedures. • Understands and can advise clinicians, agencies, and others on evidence-based interventions to increase breast and colorectal cancer screening. • Provides technical assistance to local agencies and health care providers about questions affecting clinical care delivery. • Assists with planning, implementing and evaluating clinical presentations to local agencies and clinicians. • Presents program accomplishments and/or clinical information at other professional meetings, as may be indicated. • Provides oversight of breast and colorectal cancer control activities associated with the Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC) related to issues addressing breast and colorectal cancer mortality and morbidity. • Works with clinical specialists as a recognized resource, to convene the MCC Breast and Colorectal Cancer Advisory Committees as needed. • Works with MCC Breast and Colorectal Cancer Advisory Committees Chairs to obtain clinical advice according to national guidelines and the programs’ medical protocol, when needed. • Works with MCC Colorectal Cancer Advisory Committee to review CRCEDP colonoscopy cases using national standards, and coordinates feedback to program providers. • Contributes to CDC progress reports, competitive, and continuing applications summarizing program clinical care activities. • Attends national meetings as required by CDC. • Assists other cancer section team members in projects/activities related to implementation of the comprehensive cancer control plan. • Other duties and activities as assigned.
Qualifications/Requirements Education: Possession of a bachelor’s degree in any major, including nursing and related health professions. A current Michigan license as a registered nurse is required. Certification as an oncology nurse through the Oncology Nursing Society is desirable. A Master’s Degree in Nursing, Public Health, or a healthcare field is also desirable but not required.
Experience: Four or more years of professional experience in clinical specialization, teaching, supervision, administration or consultation with responsibilities related to oncology, public health nursing, and/or health education. Clinical care experience as an oncology nurse or Family Nurse Practitioner is desirable.
Important Skills and Characteristics: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be independent but able to work well in team situations. Self-motivated, able to complete work in timely manner, and handle multiple task at one time with minimal supervision. In addition, must be able to manage complex projects and possess effective problem-solving skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, preparing presentations, and familiarity with email/internet browser software is needed. Must have thorough knowledge of clinical nursing principles and be able to provide expert clinical nursing consultation to health care agencies and professionals in local communities throughout Michigan. Must have the ability to analyze and interpret complex clinical/health care related data, and to plan, develop, and promote strategies to address deficits in local/regional service delivery. Prefer knowledge of Michigan health care systems. Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Work location will be at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in the Cancer Prevention and Control Section currently at the Washington Square Building, 109 Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan. Standard office environment requires use of computer and fax as well as capability of communicating with other offices and agencies via telephone conferencing and electronic mail. Employee is responsible for arranging transportation to and from work and daily parking. Some travel outside of the Lansing area may be required to complete assigned tasks and to coordinate activities with various cancer control partners. Job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of <50# and involves viewing an LED or VDT screen 25% to 75% of the time. Does require valid vehicle operator’s license and limited travel within Michigan to provide training. Responsibility for the work of others: This position will not supervise or manage the work of others but may be assigned project management responsibilities and/or be asked to coordinate collaborative efforts involving staff and other cancer control partners. Impact on projects, services, and operations: This position performs duties and responsibilities on behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Cancer Consortium as an employee of MPHI. This nurse specialist position provides expert technical consultation for the cancer services programs at the Cancer Prevention and Control Section of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. This person takes leadership in carrying out planning support program Advisory Committees. While carrying out these functions, this person has direct contact with many leaders in the field of cancer control and health care in Michigan, including physicians, health care facility administrators, researchers, university faculty and cancer center leaders. The nurse specialist represents MPHI as well as the Cancer Prevention and Control Section to these constituencies. Work with all parties involved in should positively impact the reputation of MDHHS, MPHI, and the MCC.