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    Summary

    The Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) functions as the Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC) Coordinator for VANCHCS HPC Program and works in conjunction with other members of the HPC team. This Program is designed to provide palliative care consultation to patients and their families, in the outpatient clinic setting and as needed in the inpatient setting, who are facing a life-threatening illness.

    Work Schedule: Mon-Friday variable hours/shifts

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    Responsibilities

    Performs assessment/data collection in an on-going systematic manner focusing on physiologic, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and cognitive status: also evaluates nutrition, pain and symptoms, provides patient/family education, ensures family involvement and patient advocacy.

    The Hospice and Palliative Care Coordinator is a pivotal member of the Palliative Care Consult Team and has the major responsibilities of:

    • Development of the palliative care program through program coordination, staff education, and acting as liaison with the PACT teams at the various sites and community agencies, in conjunction with other Palliative Care Coordinator(s) and team members.
    • Serve as liaison with VISN Hospice and Palliative Care Program Manager, and keeps the field informed of VISN and VHA National HPC Program developments;
    • Serve as consultant to the HPC programs for development, implementation and monitoring of Quality Improvement activities as appropriate;
    • Evaluation for appropriateness and oversight of Non -VA Care (community) hospice referrals;
    • Completes Palliative Care consults, and accurately documents coordination and care provided in CPRS.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of actual or potential illness on the patient's developmental, physical, social, emotional, age, spiritual, economic, vocational, and leisure status.
    • Coordinate and collaborate with patients, families, communities, and members of the interdisciplinary team in assessing needs, setting goals, planning interventions, providing care, and evaluating outcomes.
    • Participate with patients, families, and other health care providers in collaborative decision making that reflects the understanding that care should be culturally sensitive, ethical, legal, informed, compassionate and humane, and within the boundaries of available economic resources.
    • Applies critical thinking and analytical skills to identify barriers for optimal patient care delivery and utilizes processes improvement strategies to correct or improve current state.
    • Utilizes creativity, efficiency and innovation.
    • Life Sustaining Treatment Initiative: Identifying, coordinating and referring appropriate patients for Goals of Care conversations to PACT/Specialty clinics. Completes LST orders as needed.
    • Attend and Participate in Sacramento Valley Community Veteran Partnership meetings.
    • Obtain data, generate reports, attend meetings to obtain and present information as it pertains to the Hospice and Palliative Care Team.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    3

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