Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Internal Number: PCNP
Good Samaritan is the only non-profit, community-based advanced illness provider serving southwest Virginia. We provide the highest quality care with the most options, expertise, support and compassion. Every decision we make is guided by our values and mission, with the goal of providing the best care, not gaining the most profit. Our mission is to affirm life in the midst of illness and grief and, above all, to honor what matters most to each person and family served.
Good Samaritan is recruiting a palliative care nurse practitioner to expand our home-based palliative care program based in Roanoke, Virginia. Roanoke is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is one of the most beautiful cities on the East Coast. The region is known for its combination of opportunities for outdoor recreation, as well as unique cultural offerings. Roanoke is surrounded by magnificent wildlife and incredible lush greenery. Downtown Roanoke offers markets and boutiques, locally sourced restaurants, artsy galleries, interesting museums, and a bustling, energetic nightlife. Roanoke was recently named as one of the East Coast's most beautiful destinations, the most recent recognition in a series of accolades for Virginia's Blue Ridge region.
The individual selected for this position will be afforded the opportunity to work with a mission-driven team that is passionate and dedicated to providing expert, compassionate care when it matters most. At Good Samaritan, we value our team members, celebrate their accomplishments, and recognize that our team is the foundation of our organization. We support and encourage our team members to inspire positive change in the world while growing professionally in their career and maintaining satisfactory work-life balance.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate passion and commitment to providing high quality palliative care, collaborate effectively with interdisciplinary team members and healthcare providers, educate healthcare partners and the community about the benefits of palliative care, work well with diverse populations, and offer empathy, compassion, and skilled medical care for individuals living with advanced illness.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
Provide quality patient care in a variety of settings in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team and under the direction of the Medical Director and Palliative Care Director
Provide skilled assessment, medical treatment, palliation and management of chronic and advanced illness, and documentation according to agency policies
Manage health conditions by developing individualized plans of care, prescribing medications and/or treatments, requesting consultations, making referrals, and coordinating care with other healthcare providers and community resources
Educate patients and caregivers about disease progression, prognosis, symptom management, and treatment options
Assist with end of life planning, including completion of advance directives
Conduct visits at patients’ homes, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities; perform future inpatient hospital consultations as program expands
Promote continuity and coordination of care with the patient’s team of healthcare providers
Participate in after-hours/weekend provider on-call scheduled as assigned
Masters or Doctorate prepared graduate of an accredited school of nursing and nurse practitioner program
Current Virginia license to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in good standing
Current BLS for Health Care Providers or obtain within 3 months of start date
Valid driver’s license with driving record that meets the standards set forth in GS policies, reliable personal transportation, and automobile liability insurance
Eligible for DEA registration
Certification as a hospice and palliative care Nurse Practitioner preferred.
Experience – Minimum of 2 years as a Nurse Practitioner in acute care, home health, geriatric, hospice or palliative care and understanding of disease progression and the dying process
Previous experience with documenting in electronic medical record systems, proficiency in IT skills including e-mail and Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in palliative care
Emotional maturity and ability to interact with patients and their families in an engaging, respectful manner
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and excellent organizational and time management skills
Since 1992, Good Sam has been the only non-profit, community-based hospice serving southwest Virginia. No other local hospice offers you more comprehensive services than Good Sam. We provide the highest quality care with the most options, expertise, support and compassion. Every decision we make is guided by our values and mission, with the goal of providing the best care, not gaining the most profit.
To affirm life in the midst of illness and grief and, above all, to honor what matters most to each person and family served.
When we care for patients and families, we are their partners. We are beside them at each stage of the journey, and we understand this is a sacred chapter in life where every moment counts. Our commitment to helping our patients live life as comfortably as possible is something we take very seriously. We want them to have choices, and most importantly, we want their dignity to remain intact. That’s what matters most to us.
We are the only community-based, non-profit hospice serving the Roanoke and New River Valleys. There are no stakeholders or philanthropy outlets to serve. Simply put, our patients and families come first. ...We see everything we do for others as an opportunity to give back. All income and donations are channeled back into our specialized services so we can continue to provide an unparalleled level of care. Our profits are also used to create “extra” services like Complementary Therapies, our Memory Catchers program and extensive bereavement support.
As a community-based entity, we live and work in the communities we serve. We devote substantial time and resources to our community through end-of-life education, advance care planning, counseling programs and outreach groups. We do not answer to an out-of-state corporate structure, possibly with other service lines besides hospice. Instead, Good Sam is the first hospice in the Roanoke Valley to obtain Medicare and Medicaid certification and offer the full range of hospice services to people needing this special kind of care. Everything we do is for you, not profit.