Nurse Practitioner – Palliative Care

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Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

The Advance Practice Nurse (APN) serves as a professional and qualified provider with the responsibility to practice his/her profession commensurate with his/her licensure, training and experience in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the practice of the APN of the state in which services are performed, and all guidelines of applicable professional and accreditation agencies.  The APN is responsible to work in collaboration with patients, their families and other caregivers, the patient’s primary care physician, and other specialists as appropriate, in an active practice to deliver palliative care services for patients with progressive illnesses. The APN performs medical services in collaboration with a physician to diagnose and manage health care problems.  The APN also serves as a healthcare resource, interdisciplinary consultant, and patient advocate.

Job Benefits
  • Competitive Salary
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits Available
  • Company paid life insurance with additional voluntary life insurance option
  • Employer Match 403(b)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave
  1. APN Practice Guidelines
    • Upon hire, annually, and as needed for revisions at times other than the annual review; signs, dates and complies with the protocols that describe prescribing privileges, treatments, tests and procedures that define the scope of APN practice.
    • Uses the nursing process as the framework for managing patient care.
      Obtains Medicare and Medicaid provider statutes with the respective state carriers.
    • Meets with collaborating physician in accordance with applicable state and federal law.


  1. Physical Assessment and Treatment
    • Provides and documents medically necessary services in accordance with mutually acceptable physician/APN protocols for palliative care.
    • Develops the appropriate treatment plan that maximizes the health potential of the patient.
    • Performs patient visits at the patient’s location to assist in the determination of palliative care eligibility for recertification.
    • Documents findings of the assessment performed during the visit and reports these findings to the Medical Director.
    • Consults with collaborative physician, consulting practitioner(s), primary care physician and other specialist physicians as appropriate.
    • Assists in all facets of care coordination for referrals.
    • Provides disease management instruction and education to patients and their families.
    • Provides clinical guidance to facility staff relative to patient care issues, assessments and interventions.
    • Performs reasonable on-call services as applicable.
    • Reviews the quality of pain and symptom management.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by the CNO.


  1. Administrative
    • Participates with the interdisciplinary team as appropriate.
    • Prepares and maintains accurate patient records, charts, and documents to support sound medical practice and reimbursement for services provided, and support of appropriate medication uses.
    • Acts as clinical resource to coordinate complex cases for safe and appropriate transitions to other care settings.
    • Complies with applicable laws and regulations with respect to prescriptive authority and APN scope of practice.
    • Attends required office meetings to enhance team communication, coordination of services and quality of care.
    • Provides training and continuing education for staff.
    • Assists in development of clinical practice guidelines/standards in support of quality care.


  1. Integrity
    • Follows policy and procedures as directed.
    • Brings concerns forward appropriately to supervisor.


  1. Compassion
    • Promotes an environment of integrity and teamwork.
    • Works collaboratively with patients and their family caregivers, physicians, supervisors, and other staff to facilitate effective transitions from one care setting to another.


  1. Customer Focus
    • Takes appropriate and timely measures to meet the needs of the patient, their family and care setting staff.
    • Maintains mature problem-solving approach under stressful circumstances.


  1. Innovation
    • Assists in problem solving strategies with the patient, family, PCP, and setting staff to facilitate safe care of the patient.


  1. Financial Responsibility
    • Works collaboratively with Intake Department in verification of coverage or payment.
    • Maintains productivity for the palliative care program.
    • When visiting patients for face-to-face encounter pre-admission status, the Medical Director will be contacted to report findings and receive approval for admitting the patient.
    • On visits for the face-to-face encounter due to recertification, the Medical Director will receive a copy of the findings along with any notes taken during the assessment.



Minimum Requirements:

  1. Graduate of an accredited Geriatric, Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner Master’s program.
  2. Board Certified APN (as a Geriatric, Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner preferred).
  3. Three years of experience as a nurse practitioner in clinical nursing care of geriatrics, adult/family practice, or oncology preferred.
  4. Advance certification in hospice and palliative nursing care (ACHPN) preferred; required within 18 months of hire.
  5. Experience with home health, hospice and palliative care strongly preferred.
  6. Computer proficiency including the ability to utilize software programs used by the organization.
  7. Must be able to read, write and speak the English language. Bilingual English Spanish desirable.

Other Requirements:

  1. Computer proficiency including the ability to utilize software programs used by the organization.
  2. Possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  3. Possess knowledge of medical practices and procedures, as well as laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to Hospice.
  4. Possess leadership ability and the willingness to work harmoniously with and supervise professional and non-professional personnel.
  5. Possess ability to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, etc., of the nursing service department.

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Please only apply if you meet minimum qualifications.
We are hiring for this position immediately.

Hospice El Paso provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws, M/F/D/V; and is committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.

Employment Type
Beginning of employment
Immediate Hire
Job Location
El Paso, Texas
Date posted
July 27, 2021
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