Palliative Care Specialist

Confluence Health

Wenatchee, WA

Central Washington Hospital

Palliative Care

Full Time; Exempt

Day Shift




Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Internal Medicine Practice Manager, Palliative Care Medical Director, and Inpatient Palliative Care Coordinator, the scope of practice includes inpatient palliative care consultation with the goal of developing care plans to meet patient and family physical and psychosocial needs. The Palliative Care Specialist will participate in team consultations; helping to direct goals of care discussions; symptom assessment; and helping to develop a comprehensive palliative care plan. Serves as a role model and mentor to physicians and nurses at all levels and assists with training new staff in the Palliative care model. Must be self-directed and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and possess excellent psychosocial assessment skills as well as communication skills to facilitate goals of care discussions.

Essential Functions

·         Assess patient/family's goals for care and develop plan of treatment for patients with chronic or terminal illnesses. 

·         Provide patient/family education regarding community resources, advance care planning, and expected grief response. 


NOTE: This list of job functions is not intended to be all inclusive and may be expanded to include other functions that may be deemed necessary.



Knowledge, Skill, and Competency Expectations:

·             Degree/Diploma from accredited school of nursing, BSN required, Master's degree preferred or Masters prepared Social Worker from an accredited school of social work.

·             Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care (CHRN) or Advanced MSW licensure required within 5 years of hire. 

·             At least 3 years recent successful experience as a registered nurse or social worker in Palliative Care and /or Hospice, ICU or Oncology.




·             Current state registration as a professional MSW, or an active Counselor Agency Affiliated Registration and active Associate License, or licensed RN required. 

·             CPR Certification.

·             Current valid driver's license; availability of auto in good working condition with current insurance and willingness to drive in all types of weather.

·             Proficient competent skills and the ability to exercise independent judgment while functioning in an interdisciplinary teamwork environment. 

·             Effective teaching and communication skills.

·             The ability to function autonomously in a non-structured environment.

·             Critical thinking and multi-tasking skills.

·             Emotional stability to function effectively in unpredictable situations.

·             Must possess basic computer skills related to electronic medical records, Windows navigation, mouse usage, keyboarding, email communication and password management.

About Confluence Health: Confluence Health was formed in 2013 as an affiliation between the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Central Washington Hospital to create an integrated, rural healthcare delivery system with 2 hospitals, multi-specialty care in 30+ service lines and primary care in ten communities across North Central Washington state. Over 225 physicians and 100 advanced practice clinicians serve an area of approximately 12,000 square miles and cover nearly every corner of this region through specialty outreach. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost effective manner. Our Setting and Lifestyle: We are located in the heart of Washington State and just 2.5 hours east of Seattle. Our region offers a diversity of recreational opportunities in breathtaking landscapes, from alpine country to the high desert, orchards to vineyards, cross country skiing to fly fishing and everything in between. Cycling, mountain biking, rafting, hiking; it is all right here. The region also offers a family friendly environment with good schools and opportunities for the entire family to be involved in culture and arts.