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Stanford Health Care APP PA/CNS/NP Inpatient Palliative Medicine in United States

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Day - 10 Hour (United States of America)

Palliative Care specialists provide pain and symptom management, psychosocial support, and advance care planning for patients and families facing serious illness. The inpatient palliative care clinician is responsible for working as a consultant throughout the adult hospital, visiting directly with patients and families and offering recommendations to the primary healthcare team.

Our interdisciplinary team collaborates to provide expert patient- and family-centered palliative care focused on the patient’s psychosocial, spiritual, and medical needs. Consultations cover all acute care settings, including general medical-surgical floors, specialty units, and critical care areas.

The Advanced Practice Practitioner will provide expert symptom management and guide crucial discussions with patients and families to promote a personalized, comprehensive care plan that aligns with patient goals. The NP/CNS/PA will also participate in daily inter-professional palliative care team rounds to support the interdisciplinary practice model and to facilitate team communication and collaboration.

Minimum Requirements:

-Master’s prepared Nurse Practitioner or Master's prepared Physician Assistant or Clinical Nurse Specialist

-A minimum of 1-3 years of experience as an Advanced Practice Provider required

-Training/experience in palliative care, hospice, or geriatrics is preferred but not required

-Candidates should possess strong communication skills and the ability to work independently with a wide variety of medical and surgical services

Additional Information: Seven day a week service 8AM-6PM- required to work at least one weekend a month and one holiday a year. No on-call requirements.

This is a Stanford Health Care job.

A Brief Overview

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) functions under this Nurse Practitioner Job Description approved by the Interdisciplinary Practice Committee (IDPC). The NP provides routine are and management of the patient with acute and chronic complaints, in collaboration with the supervising physician, and through implementation of standardized procedures. Specific functions pertaining to the Service, Clinic or Department are established by the NP and his/her supervising physician(s), and approved by the appropriate medical and nursing administrators, the IDPC, the Credentials & Privileges Committee, the Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) Medical Executive Committee and the SHC Board Credentials, Policies and Procedures Committee.

This job description covers all classifications for NPs within the organization. All NPs must meet all elements of the Essential Functions, Qualifications, and Supervision. There is a voluntary Career Ladder for NPs who are interested in promotions for clinical expertise and contributions to the institution as well as the profession. Promotion is determined based on the Center for Advanced Practice Career Ladder Handbook. Here is a description of the various levels:


FLSA Status: Exempt Exempt Exempt

Job Code: 400077 400169 400170


LEVEL I: Entry level

LEVEL II: Meets Career Ladder criteria for NP II

LEVEL III: Meets Career Ladder criteria for NP III


Stanford Health Care

What you will do

  • A. An NP may provide only those medical services which he/she is competent to perform, which are consistent with the NP’s education, training and experience, and which are performed under the supervision of a physician who is responsible for the patients cared for by that NP.

  • B. An NP shall consult with a physician regarding any task, procedure or diagnostic problem which the NP determines exceeds his/her level of competence or shall refer such cases to a collaborating physician.

  • C. Scope of Practice of the NP:

  • Evaluates and treats patients with acute, chronic complaints and health maintenance concerns related to specialty, according to written standardized procedures. [see Appendix A: Assessment & Management of Patients]

  • Obtains complete histories and performs pertinent physical exams with assessment of normal and abnormal findings on new and return patients, according to written standardized procedures. [see Appendix A Assessment & Management of Patients]

  • Performs or requests and evaluates diagnostic studies as indicated upon evaluation of the patient, according to written standardized procedures. [see Appendix A: Assessment & Management of Patients]

  • Administers, orders, furnishes and prescribes medications, according to written standardized procedures. [see Appendix B : Administering, Ordering, Furnishing or Prescribing of Drugs; Formulary Protocol]

  • Orders and collects specimens for routine laboratory tests, screening procedures and therapeutic procedures, including blood and blood products.

  • Orders physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology examinations and nursing services.

  • Performs designated procedures after demonstrated competency, according to written standardized procedures where applicable.

  • Obtains informed consent, as indicated.

  • Initiates arrangements for hospital admissions and discharges and completes appropriate paperwork.

  • As directed by the supervising physician, enrolls patients in investigational studies approved by the Investigational Review Board (IRB), and orders the necessary tests and medications. [see Appendix B: Administering, Ordering, Furnishing or Prescribing of Drugs; Formulary Protocol] Medications that are not FDA-approved or are used for a non-FDA-approved indication (off-label use) require a patient-specific order in advance from the supervising physician.

  • After appropriate training, assists the supervising physician in the operating room. The RN First Assistant directly assists the surgeon and practices under the supervision of the surgeon during the intraoperative phase. The RN First Assistant must adhere to standardized procedures and not concurrently function as a scrub nurse.

  • Recognizes and considers age-specific needs of patients.

  • Effectively communicates and interacts with patients, families, staff and members of the community from diverse backgrounds.

  • Recognizes situations which require the immediate attention of a physician, and initiates life-saving procedures when necessary.

  • Facilitates the coordination of inpatient and outpatient care and services as needed.

  • Facilitates collaboration between providers and coordination of community resources.

  • Ensures compliance with legal, regulatory and clinical policies and procedures.

  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives.

  • Provides and coordinates patient teaching and counseling.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education Qualifications

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in nursing from an accredited college or university.

  • Note: NPs hired prior to March 1, 2012 are not subject to this educational requirement.

  • Graduate of an NP program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Licenses and Certifications

    1. Licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of California.2. Certification as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the State of California.3. National Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) from an agency accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).a. Note: All NPs hired after November 1, 2013 must be nationally certified upon hire.4. Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) from the American Heart Association (AHA).5. Furnishing license issued by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).a. NPs with six (6) months or more experience shall obtain a current furnishing license within six (6) months of hire.6. An individual Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) license issued by the United States DEA for Schedule II-V controlled substances.a. NPs with six (6) months or more experience shall obtain a current DEA license within six (6) months of hire.b. New graduate NPs, who will need to prescribe controlled substances to outpatients, must first obtain a furnishing license and then obtain an individual DEA license.c. Note: Controlled substances ordered for immediate patient use in inpatient/outpatient settings will be covered under SHC’s DEA license.7. Additional board certification(s) may be required by certain specialties/departments.

These principles apply to ALL employees:

SHC Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient & Family Experience

Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford’s patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery.

You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family’s perspective:

  • Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care

  • Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health

  • Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.

Base Pay Scale: Generally starting at $81.45 - $107.92 per hour

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. This pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage.

At Stanford Health Care, we seek to provide patients with the very best in diagnosis and treatment, with outstanding quality, compassion and coordination. With an unmatched track record of scientific discovery, technological innovation and translational medicine, Stanford Medicine physicians are pioneering leading edge therapies today that will change the way health care is delivered tomorrow.

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