Pediatric Fertility Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston , MA 02298


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice nurse who demonstrates clinical expertise and leadership skills. The NP uses advanced skills in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases and adverse health conditions. The NP manages therapeutic regimens for acute and chronic problems associated with such diseases and conditions. The NP provides anticipatory guidance, patient and family education, and psychosocial and emotional support. The NP has prescriptive authority which includes Schedule II through V controlled substances in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.The NP meets all requirements of the registered nurse's responsibilities which include assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for a complex patient population. Patients have a wide range of ages, acuity, and hematological and/or oncological diagnoses.The NP is a member of a multidisciplinary care team that requires effective communication and collaboration with co-workers and staff at the Institute and other collaborating institutions and agencies. The role requires critical thinking, an understanding of research principles and practices, and an expanded scope of clinical practice and leadership that improves the quality of care and advances the practice of nursing throughout the work setting and community. The Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are incorporated into all areas of practice.


Key Responsibilities The Pediatric Fertility Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for the following key aspects of the developing onco-fertility program for patients at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Short-term responsibilities

  • Understand the patient's disease and risk of infertility to provide information relevant to their specific situation

  • Counsel Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorder patients and cancer survivors about fertility risks due to their cancer and/or cancer treatment

  • Provide information on fertility risks and feasibility of available and relevant treatment options to patients and families

  • Refer those interested in proceeding with fertility preservation/procedures to the appropriate reproductive specialists and other relevant providers at BWH and BCH

  • Be responsible for insurance authorization and assist with scheduling

  • Act as a liaison and resource for oncology/hematopoietic stem cell transplant providers and staff in BWH, BCH and Jimmy Fund Clinic

  • Develop and maintain an onco-fertility database to track patient outcomes and program quality metrics

  • Order and interpret diagnostic test results to obtain pertinent medical information, as indicated

  • Maintain clinical practice that is evidence-based and consistent with nursing policies, procedures and standards.

  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2001) in all aspects of professional practice.

  • Foster an environment that is sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, including but not limited to culture, ethnicity, gender, and age.

Long-term responsibilities

  • Ensure comprehensive, seamless, and timely provision of fertility preservation services to patients and integration with their care

  • Update and maintain an onco-fertility resource website and educational materials (online and print)

  • Assist and develop onco-fertility evidence based practice, quality assurance/quality improvement and research initiatives

  • Act as a liaison and representative of the program with outside groups including other medical and nursing groups, donors, and the public

  • Participate in program evaluation and development of strategic goals.

  • If program expands, precept new team members


  • Licensed as a Registered Family Nurse Practitioner in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Masters degree required

  • 1 year Advanced Practice Nurse experience preferred

  • Certification in Oncology Nursing preferred - OCN, AOCN, CPON

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Expert knowledge of pediatric healthcare and preferable exposure to hematology/oncology/ hematopoietic stem cell transplant and/or fertility.

  • Must be professional, quality driven, and have the proven ability to work well within a cohesive group of peers. Exercises the highest level of professional judgment and will exercise independent originality in solving problems. Strong communication skills and sound judgment.

  • Possesses the maturity and confidence to work closely with clinicians, therapists, and team members across the organization. Ability to build working relationships amongst his/her peers and other team members working with pediatric and young adult oncology and hematopoietic stem cell patients.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing clinical education and training and exhibits expert knowledge of pediatric oncology/ hematopoietic stem cell transplant and fertility.

  • Able to accept instruction and guidance and assume graded responsibility in complex teamwork, while demonstrating an understanding of procedures, policies and documentation required to facilitate NP compliance with hospital standards of care.

  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with all members of the care team and all DF/BCH staff.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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Pediatric Fertility Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant

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