Catholic Health Initiatives Nurse Practitioner - Hospice/Palliative Care in Tacoma, WA in Tacoma, Washington

This job is responsible for working with the Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician(s) team in providing specialized home and/or inpatient healthcare consulting services that provide for quality, efficient and effective patient care in accordance with Franciscan Health System (FHS) standards/guidelines, applicable statutory requirements and accepted clinical practice for the nurse practitioner profession. An incumbent is engaged in consulting for home and/or hospitalized patients as requested by the attending MD, following established protocols as determined by Palliative Medicine standards. Work includes providing direct patient care by examining, diagnosing and analyzing total patient health condition and developing short- and long-term goals and treatment plans in collaboration with the attending physician and/or established protocols/standards. Nurse practitioners are familiar with the patients throughout the continuum of care, and they tailor care and education to meet each patient's needs.

Requires licensure as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), with prescriptive authority. An incumbent exercises a high degree of independent judgment and applies advanced skills obtained through academic and clinical preparation. Unusual problems or proposed deviations from guidelines, practices or precedents are discussed with a physician before being initiated.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The following section contains representative examples of job duties that might be performed in positions allocated to this job class. FHS is a dynamic organization, and the environment can be fluid. Roles and responsibilities may be altered to accommodate changing business conditions and objectives as well as to tap into the skills and experience of it’s employees. Accordingly, employees may be asked to perform duties that are outside the specific work that is listed. It is not required that any position perform all duties listed, so long as primary responsibilities are consistent with the work as described. Performance standards developed for incumbents allocated to this job class may also contain relevant job content information and are referenced hereto.

  • Assesses and interprets the health of home and/or hospitalized patients to determine patient care needs by taking extensive personal and family medical histories; contacts and/or consults with primary care physician in cases where additional medical information regarding previous illness or treatment is required; communicates the progress and needs of the patient during hospitalization; presents pertinent data to Attending/Primary Care Physician or members of inter-disciplinary team in accordance with established procedures.

  • Performs thorough physical examinations of patients utilizing the techniques of observation, inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation and related methods; recommends and evaluates patient’s screening, diagnostic and therapeutic services/tests as necessary to obtain additional data upon which evidence-based patient care protocols will be determined; reviews and evaluates results.

  • Makes visits to patients in appropriate areas to assess care needs; evaluates patient’s clinical diagnosis and recommends appropriate management in accordance with medical guidelines, protocols and treatment plans.

  • Collects data on an established basis that is relevant to documentation of hospice and palliative care protocols.

  • Monitors ongoing delivery of patient care services; evaluates medical condition of patient and in collaboration with physician and other healthcare providers; interprets monitoring data to determine when a change in care is appropriate and makes recommendations regarding treatment changes within defined scope of responsibility; follows up to ensure treatment is delivered as ordered, and to ensure continuity of medical care; advises physician of developments in patient’s condition when indicated.

  • Collaborates with physicians, professional nursing staff and ancillary members of the patient care team in determining nursing care, treatment and the general management of patients; interprets and facilitates the application of standards of nursing practice to the patient care process; communicates recommendations as appropriate to team members, nursing staff and primary care physician.

  • Explains/interprets results, findings and diagnosis to patient and/or patient’s family; answers questions and provides counseling and advice on methods of treatment, control/prevention.

  • Documents, in a timely, thorough and accurate manner, all interactions in patient’s medical record in accordance with FHS procedures; prepares written reports and related documentation as required; applies knowledge of medical coding/billing practices to facilitate proper reimbursement.

  • Attends and actively participates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician and/or staff meetings; presents and discusses clinical concerns and issues; maintains established departmental policies and procedures, quality improvement, safety, environmental and infection control standards.

  • Recommends referrals to other healthcare providers as necessary; confers directly regarding diagnosis or care-management problems.

  • Keeps abreast of trends, developments and regulatory requirements impacting matters within designated scope of responsibility; reviews current nursing literature/research related to palliative care and interprets, evaluates and communicates pertinent research findings to nursing staff to facilitate integration into ongoing nursing care.

  • May instruct nursing staff and paraprofessionals in techniques for enhancing their diagnostic, treatment, counseling and/or referral skills.

Performs related duties as required.

SECURITY ACCESS: CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

Incumbents may have access to confidential patient, employee and/or organizational information as it applies to their job responsibilities and must comply with the terms of FHS policies in protecting that information.

STANDARD PRECAUTIONS STATEMENT:

Uses Standard Precautions including personal protective equipment for anticipated contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.

SPECIFIC POPULATION SERVED:

Demonstrates competency in adjusting the delivery of care and/or clinical technique appropriate to address the age specific needs of the patient. Demonstrates competency in adjusting interactions appropriately to address the age specific needs of the customer.

VALUE BEHAVIORS

It is essential that incumbents be able to support the values of the Franciscan Health System/Catholic Health Initiatives and interact effectively with physicians, patients, visitors and staff. Each employee is expected to demonstrate a commitment to service, hospital values, and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.

REVERENCE: Awe, respect and love—the essence of our ministry

  • Treat all members of the hospital community with respect as unique, valued individuals and provide the highest level of service to everyone regardless of who they are.

  • Listen, show empathy and understand other people's feelings, perceptions, and points of view.

  • Create an environment where people feel supported and can safely express needs and issues so we can respond to them.

  • Consider the impact of decisions, processes, actions, and outcomes on the patients, families, employees, and physical environment

INTEGRITY: Trust, honesty, wholeness, commitment

  • Communicate effectively by giving clear and truthful messages, by fully sharing information people need to do their job, and by expressing my ideas, opinions, and reactions constructively.

  • Look for solutions rather than complaining when I encounter problems.

  • Care for all the resources entrusted to me with as much care as I show my own. Resources include people, traditions, time, money, equipment, and facilities.

  • Be ethical in my behaviors, including avoiding any conflict of interest or appearance of conflict of interest.

CHI Franciscan Health, based in Tacoma, Washington, includes eight full-service hospitals located in the Puget Sound area. Franciscan Medical Group is our regional network of primary-care and specialty-care clinics, physicians and other professional providers; in-home and inpatient hospice and palliative services; same-day surgery centers; dialysis centers; occupational health and physical therapy clinics; and centers for advanced medicine in women's care and heart and vascular services. Franciscan Medical Group is home to over 700 physicians and professional providers representing a unique network of primary care and specialties.

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. The nation's second-largest non-profit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 104 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.

Clear views of Mount Rainier and the beautiful waters of Puget Sound offer a dramatic backdrop for life in Tacoma. As Washington’s third-largest city, Tacoma continues to grow as an economic and cultural core of Pierce County.

Tacoma is located just 35 miles south of Seattle. It offers all the advantages of a major metropolitan area while living in a mid-size city with easy access to some of the finest outdoor recreational areas.

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. The nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system, Englewood, Colorado-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 104 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals as well as 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2016, CHI provided more than $1.1 billion in financial assistance and community benefit – a 13% increase over the previous year -- for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Financial assistance and community benefit totaled more than $2 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2016, has total assets of approximately $22.7 billion. Learn more at www.catholichealthinitiatives.org

Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers and support a drug-free work environment.