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Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care


Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care

  • 528107
  • Medical Center
  • Medicine
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jul 28 2022
  • Grade 105
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit: n/a
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary: n/a
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

The Adult Palliative Care Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital is seeking an experienced NP to join our interdisciplinary palliative care program. Reporting to lead nurse practitioner and medical director, the nurse practitioner will provide direct and indirect patient care for palliative care outpatients, as well as providing inpatient palliative care consultations for patients in critical care, oncology, neurology, cardiology, general medical and surgical units.


  • Provide comprehensive assessments, and aggressive symptom management of patients.
  • Conduct goals of care discussions with patients and families to ensure their treatment choices reflect their wishes.
  • Provide patient-centered and family-focused care in the outpatient clinic and via telehealth.
  • Perform comprehensive histories, physical exams, and evaluate results.
  • Provide counseling and support, and prescribe treatment.
  • Collaborate with referring providers and coordinate the plan of care.
  • Provide telephone support to palliative care patients and families with ongoing care questions between their clinic visits.
  • Provide consultative services for medicine and surgical patients, in both ICU and non-ICU settings.
  • Work together with an interdisciplinary palliative care team, consisting of physicians, social workers, chaplains, hospice and palliative medicine fellows and often other learners.
  • Provide evidence based comprehensive pain and symptom management.
  • Assist with clarifying goals of care, and provide support to patients, families, and caregivers.
  • Participate in daily rounds, palliative care fellow’s and grand rounds, and in developing educational and/or QI projects for nurses and others at the institution.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus one to two years of hospice or palliative care experience
  • Experience in either hospice or palliative care, and ACHPN certification (or eligibility within 1 year)
  • Current New York State NP and RN licenses, board certification, DEA license, and BCLS certification
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a busy, fast paced, academic hospital and faculty practice
  • Competency in specialist level pain and symptom management
  • Ability to adapt to patient’s needs with a flexible schedule

Other Requirements

  • Participation in the medical surveillance program
  • Contact with patients and/or human research subjects
  • Wear N-95 respirator
  • Potential bloodborne pathogen exposure
  • Work with known infectious agents or biological toxins where prophylactic vaccination is available
  • Physical demands

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