Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Job Summary: The Advanced Practice Nurse is an integral member of the Palliative Care team, participating in a collaborative practice model with both direct and indirect supervision by the Palliative Care Medical Director. The Advance Practice Nurse is responsible for practice that demonstrates a high level of autonomy, clinical decision making and advanced skill in management. The Palliative Care Team provides a consultative, interdisciplinary service to patients across all disciplines to provide emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support, pain and symptom management, and bereavement support as requested by the primary health care providers. Safe, competent care provision is mandated by standards set forth by SCHC policies/procedures; nursing policies/procedures; JCAHO standards and NP scope of practice defined by state regulation.
The APN will help provide initial consultation and ongoing monitoring and follow-up of patients with chronic and/or life threatening pediatric conditions who are referred for pediatric palliative care consultation. The APN will bill for consultation services in the outpatient clinic, as appropriate. The APN will facilitate family care conferences and work collaboratively with area hospice agencies to coordinate care. The APN will also participate in the program’s education and staff, pediatric nursing students, and medical residents.
Skills &Abilities: The Advanced Practice Nurse shall be an integral part of the Palliative Care Team and is responsible for the following:
Managing complex symptoms such as pain management, dyspnea, nausea/vomiting, constipation
Facilitating patient and family care meetings
Providing assistance with decision-making and goals of care to patients, family and staff
Collaborating with the interdisciplinary team to provide emotional, spiritual, and bereavement support
Coordinating/participating in team’s ongoing educational, research, and quality improvement programs
Serving as a clinical and educational resource for community and hospice agencies.
Board certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse
PA licensure current or eligible
Minimum 3 years of nursing experience; preferable nursing experience in pediatric palliative care, others considered pediatrics, pediatric oncology, pediatric or neonatal critical care
Collaborative in practice approach with evidence of high functioning in interdisciplinary setting
Commitment to provide compassionate palliative care in an urban setting
Schedule: Rotating shift work as scheduled.
Training & Education: Board Certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse
Experience: Minimum 3 years of nursing experience; preferable nursing experience in pediatric palliative care, others considered - pediatrics, pediatric oncology, pediatric or neonatal critical care
Licensure to practice as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania
License to practice as a certified registered nurse practitioner in Pennsylvania
BLS and PALS required
SCHC Medical Staff Privileges as an Allied Health Professional