The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) works closely with program staff to identify tobacco users and engage them in treatment. The TTS also provides administrative and coordination support to SCCA Living Tobacco-Free Services program and works closely with SCCAs Indigenous health promotion program staff to develop and deliver commercial use smoking cessation education and programming.
This position is grant funded. It is expected to last until June 2023.
Provides tobacco use screening and tobacco cessation interventions for SCCA patients, family members and caregivers employing evidence-based, state-of-the-art best practices, such as those described in the National
Comprehensive Cancer Network Smoking Cessation Guidelines.
Clearly documents patient care interactions in the EHR (electronic health record) and maintain systems for tracking patient care and follow-up (to support data extrapolation related to ordering and scheduling of appointments, patient demographics and outcomes).
Communicates clearly in writing and orally with physicians and other health care providers, staff and supervisors regarding patient needs and outcomes.
Leads program services and improvement efforts, and report results and next steps/needs.
Educates staff, providers, community members and students regarding the health effects of tobacco use, the benefits of tobacco cessation at the time of a cancer diagnosis using current evidence-based information, and program offerings.
Champions evidence-based tobacco use screening, intervention, and education in the broader organization -- to support patient care in this area.
Serves as a member of SCCAs Indigenous health promotion program oversight committee.
Assists with tobacco cessation program development for indigenous communities and youth.
Assists with the delivery of tobacco education and cessation programming for the indigenous community.
Bachelor's Degree in nursing, health education, public health or other healthcare related field.
Knowledge of and ability to apply adult learning and behavior change theories including motivational interviewing principles, basic cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other brief intervention models
Strong written and verbal communication skills and active listening skills
Attention to detail, strong organizational skills
Excellent interpersonal skills, maturity and self-confidence, patient-focused
Demonstrated ability to work with others cooperatively and comfortably in a team environment
Highly flexible, able to prioritize multiple needs/tasks
Registered Nurse or Master's in health-related clinical field or substance use disorder/mental health coursework.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification.
2 years of experience in counseling, substance addictions, or behavior change intervention in a health care setting.
Proficient in motivational interviewing with 1-year experience in medical oncology setting.
Experience with EPIC.
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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.