Nurse Practitioner - Hospice and Palliative Care

April 23, 2019


Penn Medicine
Bala Cynwyd, PA, United States


Position Description:
The Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner supports Penn Hospice programs in the care of seriously ill patients and their families. The nurse practitioner is responsible for expert clinical practice in symptom management, care coordination, and end-of-life care management for patients receiving inpatient or home hospice services. In this role, the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner collaborates closely with nurse case managers, the Chief Medical Officer, and each patient’s attending physician. Services provided may include home visits for symptom management, home visits to determine hospice eligibility, and visits to patients in skilled nursing facilities. The Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner will also round on the inpatient hospice unit as needed. Lastly, the nurse practitioner may conduct home palliative care visits for patients with a serious illness who are not yet receiving hospice services. In all visits, the nurse practitioner views patients and families holistically and incorporates physical, emotional, and spiritual needs into the plan of care.

The Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner reports to the Chief Medical Officer of Penn Hospice and will be expected to maintain expertise in palliative care clinical skills and hospice regulatory requirements. The nurse practitioner will have opportunities to participate in health system palliative care educational offerings.

Minimum Requirements:
Graduate of a NLN- approved school of nursing.

RN and CRNP licensure in the State of Pennsylvania.

Must have current CPR certification.

Completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner program with a MSN or DNP.

National certification is required from ANCC in area of specialty and Advanced Certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses is desired.

Must be credentialed through the office of Medical Affairs to practice as a CRNP within UPHS and maintain credentials with the following requirements: collaborative agreement with supervising MD, state approved Prescriptive Authority, maintenance of all required licensures and CEUs (RN, CRNP, Prescriptive, DEA and ANCC certification in area of specialty).

Must have UPINN and Medicare # for billing and comply with all documentation guidelines as established.

Must participate in professional development activities and maintain professional affiliations.

Should maintain currency in palliative care practice by keeping abreast of new literature and attending conferences.


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