NP/PA Outpatient Palliative Care

Institution name:

Gundersen Health System


La Crosse, WI, United States, 54601


The Palliative Care NP/PA provides outpatient health care to individuals, families and groups. The position performs the functions of examining and history taking, assessing, planning and implementing an appropriate plan of care. Services include, but are not limited to ordering, conducting and interpreting appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescription of pharmacological agents and treatments and non-pharmacological therapies. Patient and family education and counseling are an inherent aspect of the practice of the NP/PA. The NP/PA works autonomously as well as in collaboration with physicians and other members of the health care team to diagnose and manage a patient’s health care problems. This position focuses on the area of pain and symptom management and end of life care. Primary focus is placed on the quality of life and interdisciplinary needs of patients and families who are faced with progressive disease. Pain and symptom management consults are provided across the continuum of care i.e. hospital, clinic, nursing home and home settings. The NP/PA is an educator within the organization in regards to pain and symptom management and the support of patients/families at the end of life.

This position is open to Clinic Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants who have appropriate training and experience. This position will be outpatient only with the schedule beingMonday thru Friday. There are no scheduled night shifts however occasional night time work can be expected depending on various pain management and end of life care needs. Call is approximately twice per week when assigned to the service and is from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Education/Learning Experience: - Required: Masters of Science in Nursing or AAPA approved program granted by an accredited college or university and is qualified for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber as defined in Chapter N8.02 of the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code. Physician Assistants must be graduates of approved programs, be certified and/or licensed in the appropriate States and be able to prescribe according to regulations of the States.

Work Experience: - Required: 3+ years in clinical nursing or direct patient care, preferably in acute care settings, oncology, med-surg, or other related field. - Desired: Experience in the area of acute and chronic pain management as well as research, data collection and analysis.

Skills/Knowledge: - Required: Must be able to apply diverse principles of logic, medical or scientific thinking to a wide range of health care situations. Ability to apply accepted methods of treatment and creative new developments to health care problems. Must have strong communication skills and ability to teamwork, organize and prioritize.

Licenses/Certifications: - Required: For Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners, current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Wisconsin as defined in Chapter N8.02 of the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code, current certification from a national certification body approved by the Board of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Physician Assistants are required to adhere to appropriate State regulations and be NCCPA Certified.

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