Palliative Care Registered Nurse (Inpatient)
Company: Memorial Health
Posted on: May 16, 2022
The Palliative Care Registered Nures (PCRN) assesses the physical,
psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient including pain and
symptom management at all stages of the chronic disease process.
The PCS educates patients and families regarding their diagnosis
and disease progression, engages patients and families in
goals-of-care conversations, assists in completion of advance
directives, shares advance directives with other providers involved
in the patient's care, works with the patient's providers to manage
symptoms and coordinate a plan of care.
- Baccalaureate in nursing required, master's degree in nursing
- Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of
- Certification in hospice and palliative care nursing highly
- Five years' experience in hospital nursing, medical-surgical or
critical care nursing required.
- Two years nursing experience in palliative care, hospice,
geriatrics or additional expertise that aligns with the needs of
the seriously ill population
- Knowledge of end-of-life care, including advance care planning,
symptom management, and bereavement care
- Receives, reviews, and follows-up on palliative care referrals.
- Consults with collaborative physician, consulting
practitioner(s), primary care physician and other specialist
physicians as appropriate.
- Collaborates with care coordination providers including patient
care facilitators, social workers, discharge specialists, and
hospice as appropriate.
- Completes a palliative care assessment including diagnosis,
chief compliant, PMH, physical symptoms, medications,
psychosocial/cultural assessment, and educational needs.
- Assists patients and their families (as appropriate) in
understanding their diagnoses, treatment options and the resources
- Assesses and develops interventions to alleviate symptom
distress commonly associated with advanced illness and end-of-life
care, e.g., nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, pain, weakness, fatigue,
anorexia, confusion, anxiety, depression, constipation, etc.
- Works collaboratively with patients and their family
caregivers, physicians, supervisors and other staff to facilitate
effective transitions from one care setting to another.
- Documents all interactions accurately and in a timely manner in
the electronic medical record
- Assists in quality improvement processes when appropriate
- Participates in palliative care education for the
interdisciplinary team members involved in the care of patients as
- Provides consultation to unit managers and staff nurses for
complex patient care and family situations.
- Conducts patient and family meetings with the members of the
interdisciplinary team to discuss the goals of care, assist with
decision making and advance care planning, determine care
preferences, and develop patient-centered care plans.
- Engages pastoral care, ethics, case management, social work,
pharmacy, nutrition and other specialties as needed to address the
complex needs of palliative care patients.
- Provides patient, family and community education on the goals
and resources for Palliative Care as needed
- Performs other related work as required or requested.
Keywords: Memorial Health, Springfield , Palliative Care Registered Nurse (Inpatient), Healthcare , Springfield, Illinois
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