Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Medicine

    • Duarte, CA

About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary
This nurse practitioner position is with an integrated palliative medicine team, the “Division of Supportive Medicine”, and part of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope. This palliative medicine-specialized advanced practice nurse will work with a highly collaborative team independently and co-managing care for oncology patients with high symptom burden, complex or advanced illness, and end of life. Services provided include, but are not limited to: assessments and histories, physical examinations, ordering and interpreting appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescribing and managing pharmacologic agents (including opioids), treatments and non-pharmacologic therapies, facilitating family meetings and goals of care conversations, coordinating discharges home and to hospice. Participation is expected in the development of the division and palliative program as well as in periodic nursing meetings, department meetings, and in supportive care medicine research efforts as appropriate. This position acts as a palliative medicine resource to City of Hope staff and an advocate to patients and families by maintaining a high degree of ethics and integrity.
The Department of Supportive Care Medicine and the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center utilize a staff leadership model and every employee is expected to take a leadership role in the department, including active involvement on a Biller Resource Center Work Group. You will also be expected to actively participate in marketing, educational and group programs, program development and fundraising efforts, and outreach to patients, families, other City of Hope departments and the community.

Nurse Practitioner Responsibilities include:

  • Provision of accurate, reliable, courteous and timely service to all customers.
  • Delivery of quality, safe patient care that is consistent with professional practice standards including the ethical framework articulated by the American Nursing Association and the mission and values of City of Hope including, but not limited to:
  • Observation of signs and symptoms of illness, reactions to treatment, changes in physical or psychological condition and general appearance and the appropriate documentation thereof.
  • Planning direct and indirect care that ensures the safety, comfort, personal hygiene and protection of patients through disease prevention and restorative measures in collaboration with the patient, family and significant others, as appropriate.
  • Implementing interventions identified in the plan of care according to the treatment plan established by the inter-disciplinary health care team and City of Hope policy and procedure.
  • Having knowledge of and delivering age-appropriate care that ensures the comfort, personal and environmental safety of patients.
  • Evaluating the patient’s progress toward attainment of identified outcomes and appropriate modification and communication of the plan of care.
  • Providing care in a manner consistent with a specific role and function according to COH policy and procedure.
  • Teaching the patient and family, using appropriate patient teaching assessment methods and tools, regarding their disease process, expected outcomes, progress toward established goals and self-care strategies that promote optimal well-being.
  • Providing effective leadership to the healthcare team by:
  • Maintaining current knowledge and awareness of organizational and regulatory standards, policies and procedures.
  • Participating in a collaborative, empowered work environment as demonstrated through teamwork.
  • Effectively communicating with all customers and team members to meet organizational goals and to provide customer satisfaction.
  • Maintaining current knowledge and skills through attendance and participation in organizational and departmental meetings and continuing education activities.
  • Demonstrating fiscal responsibility by appropriate and timely use of organizational resources.
  • Actively participating in performance improvement activities through data collection and/or participation in corrective action plans to continuously improve service delivery.
  • Demonstrating City of Hope values in individual work performance.
  • Delivering care in a manner consistent with the scope of practice of the discipline and the standards established by City of Hope as expressed in the plans for provision of care and policies and procedures.


Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for “hold out as a nurse practitioner” as defined in Section 1482, Nurse Practice Act, Business and Professions Code;
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Required Certification/Licensure:
  • Current California RN license
  • Current DEA California license
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR Card through American Heart Association

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Palliative medicine certified, eligible or desire to pursue this track
  • Three years clinical experience in related area: palliative medicine, hospice, oncology, ICU and/or acute care
  • Masters of Science degree in Nursing

Additional Information:
  • Shift: Days
  • 8hrs
  • Job Status: Full-time

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

City of Hope is a leading nonprofit clinical research center—fighting major life-threatening diseases and delivering hope with exceptional treatment, prevention, and educational programs.

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