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Primary Location Portland, Oregon Job Number 1128041 Date posted 11/15/2022
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The self-directed Hospice and Palliative Care Public Health Nurse (HPCPHN) provides skilled nursing assessment, planning and coordination/care management across settings to patients in a private home, adult foster home, residential/assisted living care, intermediate care, skilled nursing facility, inpatient hospice facilities and hospital settings in order to maximize the comfort and health of patients and families consistent with hospice philosophy and CCS policies and procedures.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assume initial responsibility for assessing patient/family needs and consulting with attending physician, Hospice and Palliative Care Physician (HPCP) , other IDT staff members or other appropriate community or facility contacts as indicated by patient location and needs at the time of the assessment and care provision. Obtain data on physical, psycho/social, emotional and spiritual factors that may influence patient/family health status and incorporate that data into the plan of care. Facilitate advanced illness and/or end of life discussion with patient and family members to assist with choice of hospice or palliative care. Determine patient appropriateness for palliative care or hospice services (including hospice level of care and care site) in consultation with the HPCP. Case Management: assume primary responsibility for a patient/family caseload that includes the assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating phases of the nursing process; including scheduling visits to reflect patient care needs in order to maintain continuity of the plan of care; and advocate for patient and family. Participate as an active member of the IDT to coordinate information and services to update the plan of care. Maintain up to date patient records so that problems, plans, actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are reflected as they occur in accordance with CCS policies and procedures. Instruct primary caregivers, family members, employed caregivers and facility staff to provide hospice specific care as indicated. Attend weekly case conferences and actively participate in discussion of patient needs and care planning. Coordinate hospice care across settings to achieve smooth transitions of care and assure compliance with the hospice plan of care through communication and documentation for family members, caregivers, facility staff as appropriate. Supervise and document Hospice Aide care delivery every two weeks. Provide adequate emotional and clinical support at the time of death. Provide input into the bereavement assessment and plan of care. Provide phone triage and support to patients/families as needed and requested. Partner with agency management in the development and review of programs within Continuing Care Services Department. Facilitate the initiation of cost effective and safe hospice and palliative care and provide consultation to clinicians regarding appropriate care setting alternatives.

  • Assure professional competency through maintaining state-of-the-art skills and knowledge consistent with state and Medicare regulations, Joint Commission accreditation standards, applicable nurse practice acts and agency policies. Participate in CCS and KP orientation and in service training for professional staff as well as agency and community programs as requested to promote professional growth and understanding of hospice and palliative care. Demonstrate familiarity with policies of the agency and rules and regulations of state and federal bodies which aid in determining policies. Participates in department quality management/improvement activities; including but not limited to clinical record review, occurrence reporting, focused studies, process and outcome measurement, peer review, continuous quality improvement projects. Partner in defining and achieving agency productivity standards.

  • Participates in hospice and palliative care 24 hour call duty consistent with agency policy.

  • Performs other duties as requested.

Basic Qualifications:



  • One (1) year of medical-surgical nursing experience in an acute care setting or home health, hospice or palliative care, SNF, ALF settings. 

  • Two (2) years of hospice experience (within the last five (5) years) as an LPN may be substituted for one year of nursing experience.



  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing or commensurate knowledge and experience (Commensurate knowledge and experience may include recent experience in areas of care coordination, case management, community hospice, pallative care or home health, and public health).


License, Certification, Registration

  • This job requires credentials from multiple states. Credentials from the primary work state are required before hire. Additional Credentials from the secondary work state(s) are required post hire.

  • Registered Nurse License (Washington) within 3 months of hire

  • Registered Nurse License (Oregon) within 3 months of hire

  • Drivers License (in location where applicable)

  • Basic Life Support


Additional Requirements:

  • Able to perform complete physical, psychosocial, spiritual assessments.

  • Able to operate stethoscope and sphygmomanometer.

  • Keyboarding or typing skills.

  • Able to learn to operate a laptop computer to perform clinical documentation.

  • Working knowledge of concise, yet thorough clinical documentation of patient assessments and care.

  • Effective problem solving, written and verbal communication and organizational and time management skills required to accomplish case management responsibilities within allocated time frames.

  • Note: This position requires completion of a typing test.

  • Note: This position requires a reliable automobile to travel to and from patient homes.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing.

  • Pediatrics.

  • Oncology/hospice.

  • Hospice care and the dying process.

  • Peripheral and central line IV management.

  • Able to perform venipuncture and IV insertion.

  • Able to operate multiple IV pumps.

  • Operational knowledge of computerized clinical documentation and office application systems including the use of laptop/notebook computers.

  • Working knowledge of the managed care industry.

  • Knowledge of Medicare regulations/requirements.

  • Excellent time management, problem solving and customer service skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Able to work autonomously and manage patient caseload.

  • Knowledgeable of the care for the chronically ill and frail elderly.

  • Working knowledge of Hospice and palliative care for the terminally ill patient.


  • Variable shifts/days/weekends/holidays

Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Kaiser Permanente Building Scheduled Weekly Hours: 1 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: 12:00 AM Working Hours End: 11:59 PM Job Schedule: Call-in/On-Call Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: W01|AFT|Local 5017 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: Montgomery Park - Hospice - Internal - Other - 1008 Travel: Yes, 100 % of the Time At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.