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Palliative Care RN

Company: Francisan Health
Location: Michigan City
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:


RNs ready to care for the whole person


The Palliative Care Nurse works in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team to deliver palliative care for patients and families who are dealing with serious chronic illness. The purpose of the position is to assess, coordinate, and educate the patient, families, and providers to enhance the quality of life for the patient and their families. The primary goals are to address patient's physical, emotional and spiritual well-being as well as help provide safe transitions across the continuum of care. The Palliative Nurse will help educate patients and their families on palliative care. This education will focus on improving symptom management as well as increasing knowledge of medical options and how they impact quality of life.



Determine the appropriateness of patients referred to the palliative care program.

Provide appropriate communication between the palliative care service and referring physicians.

Assess each patient and family for necessary physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual interventions.

Present a proactive role within the hospital working with Nursing, Pharmacy, Case Management and other departments to provide palliative care services to patients and their families and implements guidelines that support the complex patient throughout the system.

Assist the palliative care team in acting as a spokesperson for the Palliative Care Program and serves as a hospital representative for possible related projects.

Work with Case Management in implementing appropriate discharge plans and community referrals based on the plan of care developed with patients and families.

Act in accordance with Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and Franciscan Values while maintaining confidentiality.

Act as a patient and family advocate and assist the patient and family in developing skills so that they can advocate for themselves while preserving and protecting patient and family autonomy, dignity and rights.

Seek to prevent ethical problems, identify ethical dilemmas that occur and seek available resources to help resolve them.

Participate in ongoing educational activities related to clinical knowledge and professional issues.


Knowledge of pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to the management of symptom distress in seriously ill and dying patients; strong theory based, evidence based and ethically based practice

Communicate regularly with all disciplines involved in the care of the patient.

Excellent communication and assessment skills.

Utilize time productively.

Demonstrate flexibility with work assignments.


It is the policy of Franciscan Alliance to provide equal employment to its employees and qualified applicants for employment as otherwise required by an applicable local, state or Federal law. Franciscan Alliance reserves a Right of Conscience objection in the event local, state or Federal ordinances that violate its values and the free exercise of its religious rights. Franciscan Alliance is committed to equal employment opportunity.

Keywords: Francisan Health, Gary , Palliative Care RN, Other , Michigan City, Indiana

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