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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is seeking a certified physician assistant (PA-C) or advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) to provide an integrative medicine approach to the evaluation and medical management to Oncology and Hematology patients in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Integrative Medicine Program. The ARNP/PA-C will provide outpatient supportive care and integrative medicine services to a diverse patient population, will be an ambassador within and outside of SCCA as we continue to build this unique and innovative program. They will facilitate IM clinical research in this population. Integrative Medicine services may be offered from time of diagnosis to end of life. Integrative medicine therapies offered will focus on evidence-based symptom management, rather than cancer treatment, due to the available level of evidence at this time. Our vision is that an integrative medicine approach will become the standard of care for these patients.
The ARNP/PA-C will, within an integrative medicine framework, assess and manage basic health needs of patients, addresses treatment toxicities, perform integrative medicine procedures (e.g., acupressure, medical acupuncture), and consult with and refer to professional peers as needed. They will work collaboratively with the oncology treatment team to coordinate care of their patients. All clinical responsibilities are performed within the scope of practice, institutional privileges and under the supervision of an attending physician.
The ARNP/PA-C at the SCCA functions within their scope of practice and collaborates effectively with other disciplines to provide state-of-the-art patient and family-centered integrative oncology care.
Training in a formal integrative medicine program is required and at least one year of experience in the use of integrative medicine therapies and selfcare in the oncology setting, including use of dietary supplements, mind-body medicine therapies, acupuncture, acupressure and other evidence based IM therapies as well as lifestyle practices that have been shown improved cancer outcomes.
A working knowledge of basic oncology principles and practice.
Excellent communication skills are necessary to ensure optimum patient care outcomes in a complex care environment.
Respectful and ethical in their interactions with staff, patients and their family and caretakers alike.
Skilled clinicians, providing evidence-based diagnosis and management of integrative medicine therapies related to the acute, symptomatic, and palliative care needs of patients with cancer.
An effective educator teaching and providing information about disease processes, treatments, and management of treatment toxicities to patients, their family and other caregivers from an integrative medicine perspective.
An effective educator of MDs, APPs ,RNs, MAs and all other supportive care professionals at SCCA in the basic principles and practice of supportive oncology care, palliative care and integrative medicine therapies and how they can add value to patient care. The APP in this role needs to teach and communicate an effective and practical way to incorporate integrative medicine approaches into the patients plan of care.
Scope of Work
Takes responsibility for keeping up with current concepts in the management of patients in their care from an integrative medicine perspective.
Performs complex and problem-focused H & Ps and assessments for patients.
Evaluates and manages on-treatment and post-treatment side effects, as well as long-term surveillance and survivorship issues. Offers treatment recommendations from an integrative medicine perspective.
Performs procedures according to licensure, credentialing, and scope of practice
Collaborates and consults with other disciplines and services to ensure safe, effective, and timely treatment as well as continuity of patient care. Care will be coordinated in a multidisciplinary fashion with collaborating services which may include surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, medical nutrition, social work, physical therapy, spiritual health psychology, pain service, hospice, and palliative care.
Continuously works with medical and operations leadership to continue to build and enhance the Integrative Medicine service
Participates in the conduct of cancer clinical research, including patient, caregiver, and peer education.
Communicates changes in patients health status or urgent patient issues to the patients primary oncologist in a timely manner.
Participates in patient rounds, conferences and committees
Actively participates in the development and maintenance of patient management algorithms and standing orders.
Documents patient care data in accordance with the SCCA and UWP policies
Performs assessments of patients and caregivers knowledge, attitudes, and actions around the cancer diagnosis and treatment issues within an integrative medicine framework. Evaluates the physical and psychological state of the cancer patient.
Provides psychological support to patients and their caregivers by participating in patient and/or family teaching, counseling and rehabilitation.
Refers patients to community agencies and other resources to promote optimal adjustment and functioning in coordination with other SCCA supportive care services.
Member of the Rapid Response team
Other duties as assigned
Completion of a formal integrative medicine program such as:
Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine-Integrative Medicine Fellowship
Integrative Oncology Scholars Program
Licensure and credentialing:
Washington State Licensure as an ARNP or PA-C
Minimum of 2 years of experience as an ARNP or PA-C
Training in mind-body medicine therapies
Training in medical acupuncture and/or auricular acupuncture
Training in acupressure
Experience in program development, educator mindset
Comfortable speaking publicly (peers and patients)
Experience as an Integrative Medicine Clinician
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-667-4700.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.