Kaiser Permanente Palliative Care Clinic RN (Central Interstate Medical Offices) in Portland, Oregon

Collaborates with members of the interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team to provide quality, cost-effective clinical coordination/care management for the population of patients who meet the eligibility criteria for palliative care. This care can be provided in the inpatient, or clinic setting. Assists in the identification of patients who may benefit from palliative care and advocates for appropriate services. Assesses needs, develops and implements plans of care for patients transitioning across care settings. Acts as an expert consultant in symptom management and facilitates optimal end of life care through a team approach. Provides/facilitates ongoing education of staff regarding palliative care.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • As a member of an interdisciplinary team assesses the physical, medical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the patient and family to identify goals of care and develop a plan of care to provide coordinated care that emphasizes supportive services. Collaborates with discharge planners, physicians, Clinic and CCS staff, and patients/families to identify appropriate program/services and plan for transitions of care when needed. Arranges and participates as a member of the health care team in case/family conferences and consults as appropriate. Develops and maintains effective relationships with all key stakeholders necessary for the success of both the individual case and the program. Provides patient care/consultation utilizing systems assessment, evidence standards and practice related to palliative care. Functions as an expert clinician/role model in assessment of patient needs, development of a plan of care and evaluation of outcomes for this specific patient population. Facilitate end of life goal setting with patients and families. Collaborates with facility staff to assist with discharge planning when needed.

  • Provide support and education to family and staff when death occurs in the inpatient setting. Assures that patient/family receive right care at the right time so that quality and utilization are simultaneously enhanced.

  • Provides education and program development functions, including: Participates in orientation and ongoing CCS and volunteer education regarding transition of patients across care settings. Provides leadership in planning with CCS personnel to develop and implement policies and procedures related to patient transfers across care settings. Collaborates and communicates with CCS and Care Coordinator staff to assure provision of appropriate, timely care to patients in the home setting. Collaborates with others in the interdisciplinary healthcare team to assure that regulatory and compliance standards are met. Participates in quality and utilization management activities. Participates in professional committees/task forces as needed/requested. Performs other duties as requested. Assures professional competency through maintaining state-of-the-art skills and knowledge consistent with Medicare and JCAHO regulations, applicable nurse practice acts and agency policies.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in an acute care setting with experience in Medical/Surgical, Oncology and/or Critical Care Nursing.

  • Minimum two (2) years of nursing experience in Palliative Care or Hospice, within the last eight (8) years.


  • Associates Degree in Nursing.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Current Oregon and Washington RN license required. License in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for license in secondary state required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers required upon hire/transfer.

  • Valid driver's license.

Additional Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to interrelate with physicians, nurses, support staff and patients.

  • Familiar with care processes and systems in settings internal and external to Kaiser Permanente.

  • Familiar with and able to collaborate with community resources.

  • Working knowledge of Medicare regulations and criteria for levels of care for Hospice.

  • Thorough knowledge of principles of teaching, learning and delegation.

  • Knowledge of the principles of patient teaching and delegation, physical assessment and care planning, and appropriate utilization of acute hospital, long term care and home care resources.

  • Demonstrates customer-focused service skills.

  • Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary approach as a consultant vs. direct care provider.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum two (2) years of working in a palliative care program (Inpatient, home or clinic).

  • Minimum three (3) years of hospital experience, preferably medical/surgical or critical care nursing experience.

  • Minimum four (4) years of experience in continuing care (home health/hospice/home based palliative), with a minimum of two (2) years in hospice.

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Certification (CHPN) within six (6) months of hire.

  • Discharge planning experience preferred.

  • Working knowledge of Palliative Care.

  • Working knowledge of Medicare regulations and utilization guidelines for acute care facilities.

  • Familiarity with PC environment and ability to use computers.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


TITLE: Palliative Care Clinic RN (Central Interstate Medical Offices)

LOCATION: Portland, Oregon


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.