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Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Department Women’s Centre
Reports to Director of Nursing
An overview of Breast Cancer Services at clients top Private Hospital:-
The aim of the Breast care service at the Hospital is to provide a high standard of treatment and care to Breast Cancer and non-cancer patients.
The Breast care service at the Hospital Cancer Centre shall facilitate patient transition through the various specialities: ? Surgery ? Medical Oncology ? Radiation Oncology
In order that the Breast care service runs efficiently, a member of the core personnel required shall be that of a Breast care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).
As outlined in the O’Higgins Report (2006), the Breast care Clinical Nurse Specialist will provide a quality focused, seamless service for the patient from the point of referral. The Breast care Clinical Nurse Specialist shall work exclusively in Breast care and shall be an integrated part of the team. This specialist nurse will encompass a major clinical focus, which comprises of assessment planning, developing and evaluation of care given to patients and their families in hospital, community and outpatient settings.
Main role, duties and responsibilities of the Breast care Clinical Nurse Specialist:
? To provide specialist knowledge, expertise and care to breast cancer patients.
? To offer advice and support recognising the differences in the psychosocial impact of a breast cancer
? To ensure continual optimal care for inpatients and out-patients and their families.
? To assess, plan, implement and evaluate all aspects of the patient’s physical, psychological and social
? Monitor patients on an ongoing basis, to evaluate outcomes and adjust nursing care practice to ensure
optimum co-ordination and delivery of care.
? The Breast care CNS shall provide pre and post operative counselling, fitting of prosthesis both temporary and permanent when required.
Job Description Breast Care Nurse
? To provide pre and post treatment care and support including in-depth information re; treatment
options, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and endocrine treatment.
? To assess, plan, implement, and evaluate all aspects of the patient’s physical, psychological and social needs maintaining autonomous practice.
? To develop and participate in family history clinics, follow-up and results clinics.
? Provide practical information on all aspects of altered image, which can be caused by the disease and treatment e.g. surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and endocrine therapy.
? To keep accurate, legible records and be aware of the legal implications of these documents.
? To review Breast Care referrals in collaboration with the Lead Consultant.
? To liaise closely with the patient’s primary health care teams.
? To demonstrate ability to participate in multi-disciplinary conferences with all professionals involved in delivery of patient care. The Breast care CNS shall act as a patient advocate in their absence, using
knowledge and skills to co-ordinate continuity of care.
? To establish and monitor standards of nursing practice in relation to ensuring best practice.
? To attend the Triple Assessment Clinic as necessary
? To work in collaboration with the Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncology Teams to develop care pathways, implement best practice guidelines and standards of care.
? Provides leadership in clinical practice and acts as a resource and role model for specialist practice.
? To independently manage own caseload of patients and associated responsibilities.
? To ensure that policies, protocols, and guidelines for Breast cancer and Non Cancer patients are
developed and implemented.
? To identify the service development needs on six monthly bases. Development needs to be submitted to
Oncology Unit Manager for service planning purposes.
? To ensure a safe and healthy environment is maintained for patients and staff involved with Breast care service at the Hospital.
? To possess highly specialised knowledge regarding breast disease. This knowledge shall be acquired
through relevant study and experience.
? To provide an educational service for patients and their families, formally and informally.
? To incorporate health promotion principles into all aspects of nursing care.
? To participate in teaching programmes and in-service training programmes for all staff.
? To ensure adequate patient education material is available and contribute to developing new educational material where required.
? Recognise the opportunity for clinical supervision and access if appropriate.
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Ref: BEACON CNS BREAST