WHAT WE NEED
RNs ready to care for the whole person
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
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.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
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
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
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.
WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED
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
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.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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.