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Hospice

Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Palliative Care - Full Time - 1/30/19

Bargaining Unit:  Licensed                               Rate of Pay:  $59.39/ HR + DOE

SUMMARY:  Assists and works collaboratively with the Palliative Care Medical Director, medical staff, and the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team (PCT) to provide patients with relief of stress and symptoms that accompany a serious, chronic, or life threatening illnesses providing diagnosis, treatments and consultations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following in collaboration with the Palliative Care Medical Director, medical staff and PCT:

Works with a patient and his or her family to identify, control or alleviate physical and emotional discomfort and other symptoms that often accompany a serious health condition.

Assesses and treats symptoms to promote maximum level of wellness and independence for patients with terminal illnesses.

Able to work independently and cover after hours call for acute interventions as needed.

Provides expert management of patients’ symptoms, in addition to facilitating meetings with family members, and ensuring that delivery of care is coordinated across the health care setting.

Provides resources to patients, caregivers and family members of available support groups and other services.

Provides comprehensive information so patients can make well-informed, confident decisions about their care.

Serves as an integral part and supports the goals of the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team which include:

Formulates and prioritizes differential diagnoses of patients with serious illnesses, employing multifaceted treatment plans which include mind, body and spiritual interventions.

Orders, interprets and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient’s healthcare needs.

Monitors and manages the effects of cancer and cancer treatments as well as other serious diseases.

Maintains precise and complete records of patients.

Makes appropriate referrals.

Reviews survivorship care plans.

Provides care within the standardized procedures/protocols developed in collaboration with the collaborating/supervising physicians.

Maintains positive, caring and supportive relationships with patients and care team.

Communicates effectively with peers and physicians.

Orchestrates daily care of patients in coordination with physicians and nursing staff.

Demonstrates System Values in performance and behavior.

Complies with System policies and procedures.

Other duties as may be assigned.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Nurse Practitioner:   Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Graduation from a National League of Nursing (NLN), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or equivalent accredited school of nursing. The nurse shall have completed a nursing education program that included clinical experiences with actual patients under the supervision of qualified faculty.  Must be certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses credentialing Center (ANCC).

Physician Assistant:  Completion of a Physician Assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS:  Required:  Nurse Practitioner:  1) Current advance practice RN licensure to practice in California (and/or NV, depending upon the position being sought); 2) Current ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) or AANP (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners) or PNCB (Pediatric Nursing Certification Board) if requesting to work in pediatrics, certification required. 3)  Current BLS (Basic Life Support) and must maintain certification at all times.  4) Must have a Collaborative Service Agreement (CA) or evidence of Supervising Physician Agreement (NV State Medical Board), as applicable, with a designated supervising physician member of the Hospital’s medical staff (upon hiring, manager will initiate). 5) Current, unrestricted DEA certificate in CA and/or NV, as applicable (Schedules II-V). Nevada Pharmacy Board certificate, if applying to work in NV.; 6) Ability to participate in a federally funded program (Medicare and Medicaid).

 

Physician Assistant: 1) Current CA and/or NV State license in good standing; 2) Current NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) certified; 3) Current BLS (Basic Life Support) and must maintain certification at all times; 4) 4) Must have a Collaborative Agreement (CA) or evidence of Supervising Physician Agreement (NV State Medical Board), as applicable, with a designated supervising physician member of the Hospital’s medical staff (upon hiring, manager will initiate).. 5) Current, unrestricted DEA certificate in CA and/or NV, as applicable (Schedules II-V). Nevada Pharmacy Board certificate, if applying to work in NV; 6) Ability to participate in a federally funded program (Medicare and Medicaid); 7) Physician Assistants must complete an educational course in controlled substances that meets the standards of practice by TFHD and the State of California.

Preferred: Certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

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