Goals of Care Nurse Practitioner in Anaheim, CA at Compassus

Date Posted: 5/29/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Part-Time
  • Location:
    Anaheim, CA
  • Job Type:
  • Date Posted:
    5/29/2019
  • Job ID:
    2019-09544

Job Description



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Position Summary

The Goals of Care Nurse Practitioner provides assessments, educational, and evaluative services to meet the needs of palliative care patients and their families. S/he helps the patient and family maintain their maximum level of comfort and coping. The Goals of Care Nurse Practitioner serves as clinical and educational role model and mentor; provides care and support in collaboration with the primary care team; and ensures compliance with practice standards and codes. S/he flexes schedule to meet agency needs. S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
  • Performs routine and emergency assessments:
  • Performs bedside palliative care patient/family evaluation.
  • Orders, performs, and interprets laboratory and radiology tests within scope of professional practice.
  • Orders treatments and durable medical equipment as indicated.
  • Performs other therapeutic or corrective measures as indicated.
  • Consults with palliative care physician or designees as needed, inform primary physician of services provided and collaborate with other physicians as needed.
  • Assists in all facets of care coordination for palliative care referrals.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate patient records, charts, and documents to support sound medical practice and reimbursement for services provided.
  • Complies with applicable laws and regulations with respect to Collaborative Agreements.
  • Initiates reimbursement for services rendered.
  • Provides training and continuing education for staff.
  • Assists in development of clinical practice guidelines/standards in support of quality palliative care.
  • Advocates for improvements in palliative care through participation in professional, private, and governmental groups.
  • Defines goals for professional growth and participates actively in professional activities and organizations.
  • Engages in active and frequent self-care activities for personal and professional growth and longevity.
  • Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the Organization.
  • Assists patients and families in identification of goals of treatment and ongoing plans of care. Communicates these goals among Interdisciplinary Team (IDT).
  • Collaborates/Communicates with Medical Director, Attending Physician, Hospital Staff and IDT.
  • Collaborates/Communicates with IDT needs of patient for clinical and psycho-social interventions.
  • Assists in identifying the need for intervention of other IDT members.
  • Effectively communicates patient and family needs to IDT.
  • Completes and submits required paper work within 24 hours of visit completion.
  • Educates patient and caregiver regarding:
  • Care of patient.
  • Disease process.
  • Goal Setting.
  • Symptom control.
  • Treatment Options.
  • Assists referrals to the appropriate level of care.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings, educational programs and community events, as requested.
  • Explains hospice services and benefits to patients, family members, and significant others in a manner that facilitates an accurate and positive view of hospice services.
  • Obtains signatures on all required forms, provides copies to patient/responsible party.
  • Ensures all forms are completed, dated, and signed, and turns in to the Admission Coordinator.
  • Ensures all available medical records are turned into the Admission Coordinator.
  • Establishes and maintains significant professional relationships.
  • Works closely with community, hospital, and facility education representatives to meet growth and development targets and maintain market acceptance and allegiance.
  • Facilitates the admission process to and from hospital and long-term care based referral sources.
  • Assesses referred patient’s clinical needs and disease status and confers with patient’s attending physician and hospice physician regarding assessment to establish eligibility.
  • Facilitates patient discharge from hospital to home by establishing initial needs and coordinating transportation, DME, medication needs, supplies and admission by home hospice nurse.
  • Oversees GIP patient admission process based on identified symptom management needs for that level of care.
  • Works closely with facilities and hospitals to identify, transition, and admit patients appropriately for general inpatient services.
  • Provides education to hospitals and facilities on the purpose, process, and goal of general inpatient care.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Supervision of nursing trainees, including graduate and advance practice nurses in field placements.
  • Participation in supervision of other trainees, including medical students, residents, fellows, and social work and psychology trainees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience

Master’s degree in Nursing. Minimum of five years nursing experience; clinical nursing care in oncology, hospice, geriatrics, intensive care preferred. Certified, or eligible, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner. Licensed to practice in the state of employment.

State Specifics:

  • All States except Iowa: Current collaborative physician agreement in place.

Other Qualifications

Strong organizational and time management skills. Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include nights and weekends. Must be able to travel for training, conferences, and/or to provide education to Compassus colleagues.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

CNS or Nurse Practitioner License in state of employment. Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care is expected within 18 months of hire. A valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance.

Other Skills and Abilities

Ability to understand, read, write, and speak English. Articulates and embraces hospice philosophy. Ability to document as required by regulations. Ability to maintain confidentiality of information, such as patient and Company files.

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