Job at Partners In Health (PIH) : Oncology Nurse Educator, Rwanda
Title: Oncology Nurse Educator, Rwanda
Reports to: Director of NCD, IMB (primary); Global Oncology Nursing Leader – DFCI (secondary)
Location: Butaro Hospital, Rwanda
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.
PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. In Partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania and other organizations we have developed oncology programs in Haiti and Rwanda.
As a designated Cancer Center of Excellence, Butaro Hospital provides evidenced based practice in oncology for cancer patients of Rwanda and surrounding countries. The oncology program consists of both adult and pediatric inpatient wards as well as an outpatient facility consisting of an exam clinic and an Infusion Center. We are seeking an Oncology Nurse Educator to work alongside the Rwandan nursing staff to provide clinical expertise by integrating nursing theory and evidence based practice into the clinical oncology practice. The oncology nurse educator serves as a role model to the Butaro nursing staff in both clinical and leadership arenas and will work with in country and other leaders to help the oncology program continue to develop as a high quality oncology care center. The Oncology Nurse Educator will also contribute to national oncology capacity building initiatives by serving as expert clinician, trainer, curriculum reviewer and consultant to MOH and the University of Rwanda School of Nursing and Midwifery as requested
Provide clinical oncology expertise through training and mentorship on ward rounds, outpatient clinic, staff meetings and education sessions.
Provides leadership and organizational skills mentoring that leads to efficient inpatient and outpatient processes of care that include principles of patient safety.
Provides expert general nursing and oncology advice in the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and oncology treatment protocols that guide care delivery.
Reinforces adherence to nationally endorsed protocols and SOPs to facilitate safe and standardized quality cancer care.
Participates in weekly patient case conference calls with DFCI oncology experts.
Facilitates appropriate tracking for hospital based oncology nurse training and educational initiatives.
The oncology nurse educator will work with the Butaro Hospital Chief of Nursing, oncology line managers and PIH/IMB clinical team to coordinate and implement the hospital’s oncology nurse training program including use of the competency checklist for skill attainment for chemotherapy mixing and administration.
Assures nursing care includes a complete assessment and plan of care tailored for individual patient needs.
Reviews training plan annually for updates based on resources changes, patient needs and changing regulatory requirements.
Works closely with partners at MOH, MOH national referral facilities, and Nursing Schools to contribute to national oncology trainings development and implementation as requested.
Works with IMB and MOH leaders to integrate yearly clinical training goals and objectives for nurses within the broader local and national political and academic landscape.
Works collaboratively with IMB Director of NCDs, Butaro Hospital’s Oncology Program Officer, on strategies to strength nursing and the overall oncology program.
Works collaboratively with leaders and staff in identifying opportunities for formal quality improvement initiatives.
In collaboration with the University of Rwanda School of Nursing and Midwifery, provides on-site clinical leadership support for Butaro Hospital nurses related to graduate nursing student clinical rotations.
At least 2-3 years post-graduation work experience as an oncology RN or NP
Demonstrated strong clinical expertise in oncology nursing
Previous expertise in unit based clinical training and education
Demonstrated possession of excellent interpersonal communication (written and oral) and organizational skills
Ability to think and plan strategically at a systems level
Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across departments and country
Interest in social justice strongly desirable
Patient and flexible
Previous work in a low income country preferable
Ability to work productively in highly collaborative setting while also able to function independently
Demonstrated ability managing complexity and prioritizing multiple tasks
Willingness to work and live in a rural setting
Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.