SLH Palliative Care Nurse
Employment Type: Full-Time
SUMMARY: Supports clinical care for patients referred for palliative care consultation; works with the interdisciplinary palliative care consult team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, medical learners, chaplains and social workers to deliver patient and family care.
DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.
1. Identification and assessment of seriously ill patients including consideration of appropriateness for palliative care consultation.
2. Participates in developing structures and functions to support the palliative care team's assignments and volumes.
3. Prepares morning census accounting for patient changes and daily staffing.
4. Attends morning rounds and contributes to patient discussions as appropriate.
5. Manages resources and staffing to triage consults and manage day to day clinical needs by sharing burden of monitoring team notifications (e.g. pager, phone, etc.) and communicating with palliative care team members and referring providers.
6. Implements triage criteria in assigning patients to meet immediate needs.
7. Assists team members in coordinating services provided by palliative care and other health care team members including nursing, physician, and care management teams.
8. Documents assessments and reports moderate to distressing symptoms to palliative physicians/APCs.
9. Participates in advance care planning discussions with patients and families and completes documentation (advance directives, POLST) as well as progress notes.
10. Communicates plans of care to referring providers and unit clinical teams.
11. Identifies learning needs of patient care staff and communicates these to nursing and program leadership
12. Provides education to patients and their families about palliative care, advance care planning, services available at Alameda Health System.
13. Provides education to hospital staff as requested.
14. Supports clinical teams, especially nursing colleagues in implementing palliative-related orders including pain management and comfort care work, as well as caring for those struggling with serious illness or end-of-life experiences.
15. Identifies and communicates opportunities for quality improvement to program leadership.
16. Advocates for improved coherence between available technology and palliative care team clinical practice to support performance.
17. Provides education to hospital staff about palliative care and related topics.
18. Performs other duties as assigned.
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.
Required Education: Graduate of an accredited Nursing program.
Preferred Education: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing preferred
Required Experience: Five years of bedside nursing experience working in academic or community hospital in a related clinical area (oncology, geriatrics, ICU, neuro).
Preferred Experience: Experience working in palliative care or hospice environment; experience working in nursing education roles within clinical setting.
Required Licenses/Certifications: Valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of California.
Preferred Licenses/Certifications: Certification in palliative care, oncology, pain management; integrative therapies such as Healing Touch.