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Palliative Care Nurse (Per Diem-Days/Evenings)

Company: Sutter Health System
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: January 14, 2018

Job Description:

Description

The Palliative Care Nurse Per Diem role reflects a holistic philosophy of care implemented across the life span and across the health care setting. The Palliative Care Nurse Per Diem functions independently as a nursing professional, assessing the patient to identify pain, symptom management, and palliative care needs. The Palliative Care Nurse Per Diem 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 Per Diem serves as a coordinator for the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team in the absence of the regular status Palliative Care Nurse. 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 Per Diem 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 support the Palliative Care program in the hospital setting. The Palliative Care Nurse Per Diem works in collaboration with outpatient programs to assure a smooth transition of care.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:I. SERVES AS RESOURCE FOR PALLIATIVE CARE IN THE ACUTE CARE SETTING-- Supports a strong Palliative Care Team including representatives from Spiritual Care, Social Work, Nursing, Physicians, Respiratory Therapy, Pharmacy, Speech Therapy and other appropriate individuals.-- Engages physicians in the Palliative Care Program and motivates them to participate as appropriate in Palliative Care Conferences with patients/families.-- Provides consultation as requested for questions dealing with palliative care and advance care planning-- Provides on-site consultation for patients and families needing education, advance care planning, pain and symptom management-- Participates in ICU Rounds, Hospitalists Rounds and similar rounds as appropriate.-- Works with healthcare staff in identifying appropriate cases through patient care rounds and chart reviews. -- Monitor utilization of acute care services for palliative care patients II. USES EFFECTIVE INTERPERSONAL AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO PROMOTE CUSTOMER SERVICE.-- In the absence of the regular status Palliative Care Nurse, facilitates weekly team meetings and huddles for their facility; ensures current patient information is available and updates the team on current issues.-- Develops and maintains positive, productive relationships with stakeholders.-- Relates with respect, tact, and compassion in the provision of palliative care consultation services.-- Maintains a strong working relationship with Hospice, AIM, Home Health, Case Management, and other appropriate departments/organizations.-- Effectively uses communication tools (shared drive updates, e-mail, telephone, etc.) to assure all Palliative Care Team members are familiar with current patient needs/issues.III. DOCUMENTATION-- Enters patient information on palliative care referrals into Midas Focus Study and assures accuracy of data.-- Documents clearly and completely in the patients medical record based on established guidelines (Midas).-- Updates the Palliative Care Patient Tracking Tool on the shared drive.-- Assists with monitoring of clinical quality indicators.

Qualifications

Education:



  • Current RN license.

  • Graduate of accredited nursing program; Bachelors degree and/or directly related experience required. Masters degree preferred.
  • Education in Palliative Care, Hospice and communication about End of Life Issues.
  • Per Hospital policy, maintains CPR & other competencies.


    Experience:



    • Strong background in palliative care setting or hospice preferred.

    • Critical Care experience desirable.
    • Experience in work with interdisciplinary teams, staff education preferred.


      Knowledge:



      • 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


          Primary Location: California, Greater Sacramento Area, Sacramento

          Organization: Sutter Valley Hospital

          Employee Status: Regular

          Employee Referral Bonus: No

          Benefits: No

          Position Status: Non-Exempt

          Union: No

          Job Shift: Day/Evening

          Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

          Days of the Week Scheduled: Varied Days

          Weekend Requirements: Other

          Schedule: Per Diem

          Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: Per diem

          Keywords: Sutter Health System, Sacramento, Palliative Care Nurse (Per Diem-Days/Evenings), Healthcare, Sacramento, California

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