The Palliative Care Nurse role reflects a holistic philosophy of care implemented across the life span and across the health care setting. The Palliative Care Nurse functions independently as a nursing professional, assessing the patient to identify pain, symptom management, and palliative care needs. The Palliative Care Nurse works with the physician and health care team to provide patient and family education to assure informed decision making, identify goals of care, make appropriate referrals, and evaluate the effectiveness of the plan of care. The Palliative Care Nurse serves as a coordinator for the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team. The Palliative Care IDT provides physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual/existential care to individuals and families experiencing life-limiting progressive illness. The Palliative Care Nurse serves as an educator and clinical expert in end-of-life care for the health care staff. This position supports data collection, analysis of outcomes, and works collaboratively to develop and implement the Palliative Care program in the hospital setting. The Palliative Care Nurse works in collaboration with outpatient programs to assure a smooth transition of care.
· Current RN license.
· Graduate of accredited nursing program; Bachelor degree and/or directly related experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
· Formal education in Palliative Care, Hospice and communication about End of Life Issues.
· Per Hospital policy, maintains CPR & other competencies.
· Strong background in palliative care setting or hospice preferred.
· Critical Care experience desirable.
· Experience in program development, work with interdisciplinary teams, staff education and presentations preferred.
· Expertise in palliative care and advance care planning.
· Expertise in pain and symptom management. Strong clinical assessment skills.
· Hospice and Palliative Nurse Certification is preferred.
· Special Skills/Equipment:
· Tactful, sensitive communication style.
· Ability to facilitate an interdisciplinary team.
· Ability to facilitate difficult conversations and manage family dynamics.
· Excellent oral and written communication to include interpersonal communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, presentation, and personal influence.
· Ability to work independently with a minimum of direction.
· Strong attention to detail.
Ability to use a computer