Nurse Practitioner/NP Candidate-Palliative Care

Position Summary

Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Practitioner Candidate - Palliative and Aged Care

Supportive and Palliative Care and Ageing Well

Part-time position (.8 FTE)

Eastern Health

Eastern Health is one of Melbourne’s largest public health services. We provide a range of emergency, surgical, medical and general healthcare services, including maternity, palliative care, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care, community health and statewide specialist services  to approximately 1 million people from a broad range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, ages, and with diverse healthcare needs.

The position

Are you a highly skilled Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Practitioner Candidate with palliative care experience who wants to unlock their leadership and clinical potential? Do you have a passion for promoting the best end of life care for the frail elderly and building the skills of the multidisciplinary team? Are you looking for an exciting, cutting edge opportunity to contribute to service innovation, education, research and leadership within a large metropolitan health service? If so, then read on.

Eastern Health’s Supportive and Palliative Care Service is seeking an enthusiastic and suitably qualified/experienced Nurse Practitioner or advanced Nurse Practitioner Candidate (i.e. maximum of 6-12 months pre-endorsement)  to take a leading role in the  development and trial of a new Palliative Residential Aged Care Consult (PRACC) Service. The PRACC service aims to pro-actively identify and address the palliative care needs of people in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) and support staff to develop and embed the skills and resources needed to provide quality palliative care in place. The Nurse Practitioner/Candidate position will be part of the Supportive and Palliative Care Service—one of the largest inpatient palliative care service in Victoria.

The successful applicant will be part of a small team but may work autonomously on a day to day basis. The role will involve engagement and collaboration with  the Hospital-based Palliative Care Consult Service, the specialist inpatient palliative care unit located at Wantirna Hospital, The Eastern Health Inreach team, RACF staff, GPs and other community-based services. A palliative medicine specialist will also be part of the tea to provide clinical support. The Nurse Practitioner will be based between Wantirna Hospital and Wundeela (at Maroondah). Suitable clincical and professional supervision will be provided if a Nurse Pactitioner Candidate is appointed.

The objectives of the Nurse Practitioner/Candidate role are to work with a targeted group of RACFs to maximise residents’ quality of life, right up until death. This will involve: 

  • Pro-actively identifying deteriorating residents and their supportive and palliative care needs;
  • Promoting advance care planning in practice;
  • Assessing and managing distressing symptoms;
  • Helping residents live in a manner that is consistent with their wishes;
  • Building capacity in RACF staff and GPs to provide care that is appropriate to the needs of residents;
  • Introduce routine monitoring of residents’ symptoms.

The Nurse Practitioner will be accountable to the Associate Program Director and Clinical Director to achieve the PRACC Service’s KPIs. The PRACC trial will be conducted under the direction of a multidisciplinary steering group.

About you 

 To be eligible for this position you will need to meet the following:

  •  Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) via AHPRA,
  •  Completed and appropriate Masters degree of Nurse Practitioner,
  •  Endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner on the National Register via the NMBA OR is an advanced Nurse Practitioner Candidate (i.e. 6-12 months pre-endorsement)

The successful applicant will have previous experience working as a nurse practitioner or in a senior clinical lead role and a demonstrated record of achievement of quality service delivery in palliative/end of life care and aged care. To be successful in the position you will need to be able to demonstrate the following attributes: 

  • Innovative, resourceful and adaptive to change
  • Able to work with a diverse and complex professional workforce
  • Have advanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal skilss with the ability to work collaboratively and effectively as a team member at a local and organisational level
  • Able to evaluate clinical practice at an advanced level and lead significant change practice initiatives
  • Have research, publication and public presentation experience

A current driver’s license is a requirement of the position

For full details refer to the attached Position Description.

The successful applicant to this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment Police Check

Next Steps

If you have the ability and drive to make a difference take hold of this opportunity and apply today!

For full details refer to the attached Position Description and direct all enquiries to the contact person listed.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory police records check.

You must have the right to permanently live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

Please submit all applications online.

Recruitment agency applications will not be accepted.

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