Job Description

Registered Nurse - Palliative Care
St. Dominic Hospital
Employment Type:
Full Time 80
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Job Summary:

Supports patient, families, physicians, & staff when a patient referral is made to the palliative care team utilizing experience and specialized training in palliative care and/or end-of-life care which help all those concerned with decreasing suffering that may be triggered by the serious illness and maintaining the quality and dignity of each patient’s life. Collaborates with other disciplines on the Palliative Care team to provide specialized palliative care. Reports to the Palliative Care Service Manager.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborates with the physician/nurse practitioner, and other members of the interdisciplinary team to provide palliative care support to patients and families referred to the palliative care service.
  • Provides psycho-social support for patients and families during the decision-making phase of treatment.
  • Works with others team members to develop and implement a palliative plan of care for appropriate patients.
  • Promotes advance care planning and assists to clarify as warranted.
  • Collaborates with physician/nurse practitioner to facilitate patient/family exploration of the psycho-social dilemmas triggered by a serious, progressive illness or terminal condition.
  • Assists patients and families in understanding palliative care’s place along the illness trajectory.
  • Educates patients and families regarding end-of-life issues and available resources for end-of-life care.
  • Advocates for patients and families for specialized care during the terminal phase.
  • Supports staff in caring for patients with terminal and life-threatening illness.
  • Assists in educating staff and promoting the palliative care program.
  • Facilitates debriefing following discharge or death of difficult cases.
  • Collaborates with physician/nurse practitioner regarding palliative care protocols approved by the palliative care service and endorsed by the Medical Executive Committee.
  • Provides on-call coverage as warranted.
  • Ensures timely and complete documentation of palliative care service support.
  • Participates in Palliative Care Service-related meetings as needed.
  • Participates in performance improvement opportunities.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Supports the hospital’s Christian mission, philosophy, values and goals.
  • Participates in and supports established Performance Improvement Program.
  • Attends JCAHO required and hospital mandatory in-service programs.
  • Observes hospital dress code and maintains appropriate conduct and appearance.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all information regarding patients, families, physicians, and hospital personnel.
  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  • Perform other duties as requested in the scope of care.


Graduate from an accredited school of nursing. Baccalaureate degree preferred. Minimum of 2 years’ clinical experience preferred but not required. Current Mississippi RN license required. National board certification in hospice and palliative nursing or eligible preferred. Previous clinical experience working with pain management and patients with serious, progressive illness preferred.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed and should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills of anyone so classified.

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