Position: Clinical Nurse Specialist - McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer
Site: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Hours: 37.5 Hours/Week
Status: Permanent Full-time
Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre, 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.
The McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer is an integrated interdisciplinary program for pancreatic cancer patients and is committed to providing the highest quality clinical, academic and research care focused on improving outcomes across the cancer journey. Our goal is to reduce the burden of pancreatic cancer to our patients and families provincially, nationally and internationally.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a member of the multidisciplinary team and functions in an expanded role demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill. When patients are referred to the McCain Pancreatic Cancer Center the CNS with the intraprofessional team will facilitate and expedite the diagnosis and care of patients with suspected or known pancreatic cancer. Once a patient has a confirmed diagnosis of pancreatic cancer the CNS will triage new patients referred to the Centre in collaboration with team; conducts health histories and physical examinations; and arranges further diagnostic work-up, if required. Once a diagnosis is confirmed the CNS and the team will meet with the patient to discuss any test results and finalize a treatment plan. Understanding the unique psychosocial and medical needs and concerns of patients newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is a key responsibility of the CNS in the management of supportive and symptomatic care throughout the patient’s clinical pathway.
The CNS, utilizes advanced knowledge within the pancreatic disease site for and to support patients and their families and plays a key leadership role in programmatic, organizational and professional initiatives—both internal and external to the organization. Other responsibilities include performing research activities; delivering, coordinating and participating in education and professional development activities/programs; and performing activities to further develop and strengthen the nursing profession. 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.
This position will report to the Director of Nursing (Princess Margaret Cancer Center) and to the Medical Director of the McCain Centre for Pancreatic Cancer.
- Completion of a Masters degree program in Nursing or recognized equivalent
- Demonstrated expertise as a Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Experience in nursing research methodologyEligible for cross-appointment to an academic institution
- Current certificate of registration from the College of Nurses of Ontario
- Certification in Oncology Nursing preferred
- Membership in the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) and other organizations relevant to the role 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
- 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
University Health Network 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. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.