Cancer Risk Counselor & Genetics Program Coordinator - 1182
085307 - CCSB Genetic Counseling
(This list may not include all of the duties assigned.)
1. Provides genetic counseling to individuals and family members suspected to have inherited predisposition to cancer, including clarifying the purpose of the genetic evaluation; reviewing patient concerns, motivations, expectations and risk perceptions, etc., in the context of psychosocial support.
2. Obtains and analyzes at least a 3-generation family history; reviews medical records for key affected individuals; selects appropriate risk assessment models; performs cancer risk and mutation probability calculations as appropriate; discusses cancer risk and management strategies based on pedigree, medical information, mutation probability, and empiric risk data.
3. Discusses genetic testing and testing strategies with individuals and/or referring clinician as appropriate.
4. Encourages fully informed consent for genetic testing/research via discussion of test performed, limitations, possible test outcomes, benefits of genetic knowledge, healthcare implications for self and family members, and privacy, confidentiality and discrimination issues/concerns; documents consent process.
5. Evaluates and selects appropriate laboratories for genetic testing; facilitates genetic testing; interprets test results; provides post-test education, counseling, and risk reduction recommendations in the context of psychosocial support.
6. Maintains accurate and complete documentation of cancer risk assessment process; upholds statistics regarding cancer genetics patient referrals and consultations.
7. Provides risk assessment summary reports for patients and referring providers.
8. Participates on multidisciplinary teams; communicates with healthcare providers regarding cancer genetic information, services, protocols and referrals; identifies/develops pertinent patient, professional and public education materials.
9. Participates in and represents the cancer genetics program in outreach, education and training activities; assists with developing a program to offer genetic cancer risk assessment to the medically underserved; helps coordinate grants to fund such activities.
10. Maintains current knowledge of advances in the field of genetics; participates in cancer genetics professional organizations/practice groups; keeps current regarding any required licensure or certification.
11. Facilitates participation in cancer genetics research as applicable.
12. Participates in department quality improvement, clinic safety, infection control and hazardous materials programs and activities.
13. Attends meetings as requested, composes and distributes minutes.
14. Handles confidential matters concerning clinic policies and practices in accordance with HIPAA regulations.
15. Performs related work as required.
40 Hours Per Week
Ability to effectively and efficiently coordinate, implement and monitor the care and treatment plan for each patient. Ability to work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary care team and a variety of different medical offices. Knowledge of adult learning competencies and patient teaching skills. Ability to be flexible and adjust to a variety of work-related scenarios and internal and external customers. Ability to exercise initiative and judgment. Ability to work independently. Ability to interpret, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures. Skill in identifying and resolving problems. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, patients, medical staff, and the public. Requires excellent organizational, customer service, and communication (written and verbal) skills. Demonstrated use of clinical skills and expertise in the area of oncology. Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling or licensed RN with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing highly preferred. Computer proficiency required.