Purpose of Position
Palliative care service delivery will integrate within existing MLHD services such as community, acute and aged care services with access to specialist palliative care services when patient and family needs require it. The underlying principle is that patients and their family will receive empathy and support in a manner that reflects their needs and wishes. It addresses three critical areas of end of life in Murrumbidgee Local Health District:
Advance Care Planning
End of Life Care
Specialist Palliative Care Services
This outcome will be achieved through undertaking comprehensive nursing assessments, providing extended autonomy of decision making and educational support to patients and family in the designated area of clinical practice.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist - Palliative Care will demonstrate the ability to act as a professional role model, delivering a high level capacity for patient advocacy and cost benefit practice while demonstrating the ability to act as a change agent, provide effective clinical leadership and the ability to practice as an autonomous professional with the capacity to work within a multidisciplinary team environment.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist - Palliative Care will be supported by networking with peers across the MLHD and have involvement in education and training days to provide a consistent and contemporary approach to delivering Palliative Care Services.
Current authority to practice as a Registered Nurse /Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and demonstrated ability to actively contribute to the development of clinical practice in Palliative and End of Life Care.
Evidence of relevant post-registration qualifications or evidence of current enrolment in tertiary education, and (at least) three years experience working in the clinical area of Palliative and End of Life Care.
Demonstrated ability to exercise extended autonomy of decision making and undertake case management, including the complex care requirements of people living with a life limiting illness, using advanced clinical skills in patient assessment and care planning with other health care providers.
Commitment to actively contribute to own and the health care team’s professional development and to act as a resource person and mentor to others within the Palliative Care service, with demonstrated understanding of current NSW policies and national and state standards related to Palliative Care in a rural environment.
Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team with an emphasis on service delivery, quality of care and team cohesion with an ability to identify and improve opportunities to enhance continuity of care between the acute sector, primary care providers and community based services.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to utilise information technology systems within a variety of applications.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and a diverse range of health care providers including those in government, non-governments, residential aged care and community organisations.
Evidence of a current Class C drivers licence and ability and willingness to travel for work purposes. This may involve driving long distances with the MLHD.