Description SHIFT: No Weekends SCHEDULE: Full-time St. David's North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David's HealthCare , one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women's health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David's Women's Center of Texas . The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery , the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David's North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David's Children's Hospital . In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group . POSITION SUMMARY The Palliative Care Nurse Coordinator is responsible for development and implementation of a palliative care program. This position will incorporate the understanding of palliative care philosophy and practice into the role of coordinating the care for palliative care patients. The Palliative Care Nurse Coordinator will provide guidance, support, and education to healthcare team members in the overall delivery of services related to palliative care. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES Clinical responsibilities Develop a palliative plan of care shall be established for all palliative care patients based upon assessments, patient care standards, and patient/family preferences; and shall take into consideration the spiritual, psycho-social, cultural and religious preferences of the patient and family when participating in care. Consults and collaborates with healthcare team members to develop the plan of care and palliative care recommendations. Ensures consistent, complete, thorough and legible nursing documentation which includes the outcome of communication, assessment and plan of care for patient. Reviews physician orders pertinent to palliative care. Orders are written and/or entered in EMR accurately to include date, time and physician authentication. Accepts only physician's verbal or telephone orders in accordance with practice guidelines and hospital policy. Ensures accurate, timely communication to nursing and/or physician with any changes to the plan of care and/or changes in the patient condition or status as appropriate. If necessary provides basic life support (CPR) in collaboration with the healthcare team and in compliance with hospital policy. Education responsibilities Considers specific patient population issues in the education of and communication with patients. Provides training and continuing education for staff on issues related to palliative care at least twice per year. Promotes teamwork with physicians, staff, and patients and promotes excellence in care through education, mentoring and collaboration. Assists in the development of clinical practice guidelines/standards in support of quality palliative care improvements and initiatives Program responsibilities Serve as the coordinator for the palliative care team Assist in all facets of care coordination for palliative care referrals Serves as a member of the Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee and other committees as assigned Maintain and review patient records, charts and documents to support accuracy, quality measures, and best practice in palliative care Provides palliative care data (number of consults, referrals, conversion to hospice, changes in level of care, etc.) to demonstrate program success and/or opportunities Certification / Licensure Maintains competencies required by hospital and position. Maintains current, unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure Obtains (if not already certified) Palliative Care Nurse Certification and then maintains certification Maintains BLS certification Maintains a working knowledge of hospital policy for calling a rapid response, the crash cart, emergency equipment and code procedures. Complies with applicable palliative care standards and regulations Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the organization Demonstrate understanding of St. David's Partnership Service Excellence initiative. Qualifications LEVEL OF FORMAL EDUCATION REQUIRED RN from an accredited school of nursing. APN Preferred. LICENSED/CERTIFICATION REQUIRED Certified Palliative and Hospice Care Nurse (CHPN) preferred. BLS required. EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing with proven experience in leadership, education, team building, program development, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Prefer critical care experience in a hospital setting. Must demonstrate evidenced-based understanding of all elements related to palliative care: process of care, physical, spiritual, psycho-social, cultural, ethical/legal, and end of life.
Associated topics: asn, coronary, hospice, intensive care unit, mhb, neonatal, nurse, psychiatric, registered nurse, unit