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Acute Nurse Practitioner for Palliative Care

Job ID: 215275
Category: Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Work Schedule: M-F 8a-4:30p No Holiday/Weekends/On Call

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?


The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Nurse Practitioner (NP) to join the inpatient Palliative Care Program. Palliative Care specialists provide pain and symptom management, psychosocial support, and advance care planning for patients and families facing serious illness. The inpatient palliative care clinician is responsible for working as a consultant throughout the hospital, visiting directly with patients and families and offering recommendations to the primary healthcare team. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates to provide expert patient- and family-centered palliative care focused on the patient’s psychosocial, spiritual, and medical needs. Consultations cover all acute care settings, including oncology floors, general medical-surgical floors, specialty units, and critical care units. The NP will provide expert symptom management and guide crucial discussions with patients and families to promote a personalized, comprehensive care plan that aligns with patient goals. The NP will also participate in daily inter-professional palliative care team rounds to support the interdisciplinary practice model and to facilitate team communication and collaboration.


  • Provides direct clinical care for patient population according to established protocols and utilizes evidence based practice standards in collaboration with team.
  • Maintains accurate and confidential medical records. Documents all medical evaluations, diagnoses, procedures, treatments, outcomes, education, referrals, and consultations consistent with organizational standards in the electronic health record (EHR).Identifies self properly to the patient and family, and clarifies the role of the nurse practitioner if necessary.
  • The nurse practitioner should function within their scope and refer to the collaborating physician when outside of scope, and/or directed by the collaborating physician or when requested by the patient and/or family.
  • Performs interventions specific to assigned patient population and collaborative agreement.
  • Participates in the performance improvement processes to meet quality of care and service standards.
  • Demonstrates awareness of professional responsibility as role model to peers and members of the health care team.
  • Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based upon patient’s clinical status
  • Addresses patient and family concerns and creates a therapeutic relationship to provide support.
  • Provide patient education, counseling and instruction regarding patient diagnosis, medical treatments, medications, and preventative care.
  • Participate in and support accreditation, compliance and regulatory activities of the organization.
  • Precept NP students and other health care learners.
  • Identifies patient/family needs for community resources and refers appropriately.


  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Required)
  • ACLS (For providers in the acute care setting) required
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (Required)
  • BLS/CPR, as a healthcare provider as per the American Heart Association (For providers in the ambulatory setting) required
  • Certified Nurse PractitionerPA (Required)
  • PA and/or NJ CRNP licensure (CRNP) required.
  • Prescriptive Authority (Required)
  • PA and/or NJ Prescriptive Authority required.
  • Registered Nurse - PA (Required)
  • PA and/or NJ RN licensure (RN) required.

Minimum Requirements:

  •  Master’s prepared Nurse Practitioner with Acute Care certification 
  •  Current Pennsylvania license (or eligible to obtain) 
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience as an Advanced Practice Provider in the acute care setting is strongly preferred 
  • Training/experience in palliative care, hospice, or geriatrics is preferred but not required 
  •  Candidates should possess strong communication skills and the ability to work independently with a wide variety of medical and surgical services

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

   Current UPHS employees must apply HERE
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