Nurse Practitioner - Palliative Care Team

Posted Date 6 days ago(5/2/2021 3:45 PM)
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Mississauga Halton LHIN
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Job Description

We are currently recruiting a Nurse Practitioner - Palliative 

Competition #:          FY2021-128

Date Posted:              May 2, 2021

Date Closed:              Until Filled

Start Date:                 Immediately

Reports to:                 Manager, Palliative, Regional Programs

Category:                   Temporary Full Time (until December 2022)

Team:                         Palliative

Primary assigned location:   2655 North Sheridan Way, Ste 140 (Currently remote)


Reporting to the Manager, Palliative Care, as an integrated member of the Palliative Care Team, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) supports the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Palliative Program and the Mississauga Halton LHIN Palliative Care Regional Programing to ensure high quality, patient-centered hospice palliative care across all care settings in the Mississauga Halton region. The NP provides support to the Palliative Care Team and specialist providers to address palliative care needs and increase capacity within the region to provide palliative and end of life care in the community. Critical to the NP role is the provision of direct nursing services to support patients with palliative needs and their families. The NP broad scope practice will support seamless integration of hospice palliative care at the primary, secondary and tertiary care level; serving as clinician, educator, collaborator and advocate. At the primary level, the incumbent works as an integral member of the Palliative Care Team, assisting in building team capacity to provide care and clinical management; at the secondary level, engaging in shared care with primary and specialist providers, to address more complex palliative care needs; and at the tertiary level facilitating access to and seamless transition to and from tertiary services.  


Working collaboratively across the health care system, the NP provides expert direct clinical palliative care and leadership to support seamless, integrated care delivery. In this leadership role, the NP will work in all domains consistent with advanced practice nursing (leadership, clinical care, consultation/collaboration, facilitation and research). Within this scope, the NP will provide home/office/hospital visits and telephone and face-to-face consultation, and crisis response, The NP is also responsible for education, knowledge transfer and best practice implementation, mentorship and professional development, through coaching inter-professional teams involved in the circle of support.

The role includes stakeholder engagement, participation in local, regional and provincial committees and a leadership role to implement improvements in Mississauga Halton LHIN and within the Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network. The NP supports an organizational culture that promotes professional growth and continuous learning, program development and evaluation, and effective inter-professional teams.




Expert Clinical Practice

  • Provides palliative and end-of-life direct care to patients within the scope of practice, supporting patient/caregiver and their circle of care to receive community-based care as long as possible and support patient death in place of choice
  • As part of a team of NPs, provides expert clinical care to complex palliative patients and expert clinical advice to the inter-professional team, including for example, primary care physicians, specialists, care coordinators, and community nurses on the management of pain and symptoms, psychosocial support and therapeutic interventions
  • Participates in shared care roles with the primary care team as well as specialists
  • Ensures rapid response capacity
  • Provides advanced care planning; develop goals of care and/or initiate end of life conversations
  • Responsible for home/office/hospital visits to complex palliative patients and their families for the purpose of completing comprehensive clinical assessments and building capacity within the primary team
  • Contributes to the development of comprehensive shared care plans in consultation with Care Coordinators, service providers, primary care physicians and others
  • Participates in patient rounds and case conferences with palliative care teams in hospital(s) to identify complex palliative needs and support safe and successful transitioning back to the community/home; prioritizes responsibility to ensure crisis management/urgent needs are supported
  • Adopts regional and provincial targets as performance goals and measures
  • Supports Most Responsible Practitioner (Family Physician/Palliative Physician/Other) to ensure continuity of medical/clinical care for individuals with complex palliative needs across primary, acute, community and specialized palliative care sectors in relation to coordinated management approaches, information exchange and relationships with the patient and family
  • Identifies complex needs that may require tertiary intervention
  • Identifies complex needs that may require tertiary intervention and takes appropriate action
  • Provides evening support to the inter-professional and primary care team for the purposes of assistance with problem solving and decision-making and telephone or face to face visits as required 


  • Collaborates with Mississauga Halton LHIN administration to work towards provincial goals of “death in place of choice” and building organizational and regional capacity to care for patients within the system of home and community care
  • Assists in the development of palliative care program policies and procedures including development of content for education and orientation materials
  • Advocates for individuals, families for health system policies
  • Identifies Mississauga Halton LHIN and regional learning needs and finds/develops programs/resources to meet those needs in collaboration with Learning & Organizational Development teams where applicable
  • Mentors and coaches nursing colleagues, other team members in the circle of care and students
  • Advocates for and promotes the importance of access to hospice palliative care
  • Contributes to and advocates for an organizational culture that promotes professional growth, continuous learning and collaborative practice
  • Identifies gaps in the palliative care system and develops partnerships to facilitate and manage change
  • Advises patients, colleagues, the community, health care institutions and policy makers on issues related to hospice palliative care nursing and health care
  • Participates in local, provincial, national palliative care organizations and initiatives; and professional nursing organizations


Best Practice Implementation and Knowledge Transfer

  • Participates in the identification of the clinical educational needs of the inter-professional team/Circle of Care; facilitates and participates in the planning and delivery of education to meet those needs
  • Provides mentorship and models critical thinking, problem solving and the use of evidence to guide decision making amongst all members of the health care team and help guide system design
  • Participates in scholarly activities at academic centres
  • Participates in and/or represents the Mississauga Halton LHIN at conferences submitting abstracts and presenting
  • Assists in the creation of a shared cared partnership with primary care, palliative care and when needed acute care services
  • Evaluates current practices at the individual and systems level in light of research findings and assists with adoption and implementation of best practice
  • Participates in research activities within scope of practice
  • Critiques, interprets, applies and disseminates evidence-based findings
  • Contributes to nursing and HPC system by disseminating new knowledge through formal and informal channels including presentation, publication at the local, regional, national and international level




Education, Training & Experience

  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the Extended Class
  • Nurse Practitioner Program with a BScN (Masters level degree in Nursing preferred)
  • Canadian Nursing Association Certification in Hospice Palliative Care or relevant speciality certification an asset
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in Palliative Care Nursing, preferably in a community setting
  • Demonstrated experience with proven team building abilities and experience in advancing the clinical practice of multiple health disciplines
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge/experience in consultation and ethical decision-making
  • Demonstrated use of theory and evidence to advance clinical practice and outcomes
  • Ability to communicate in French or other languages an asset.


To apply for this vacancy please submit a resume with covering letter referencing FY2021-128 via the following link or visit the Mississauga Halton LHIN Career Opportunity page at Please note, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Mississauga Halton LHIN is a respectful, caring and inclusive workplace, committed to Employment Equity.  We welcome diversity in the workplace, and encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities.  We will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants need to make their accommodation needs known when contacted.

To receive any Mississauga Halton LHIN document required by the Accessibility for Ontarians Disability Act (AODA) and its standards, or to receive any public document on our website in an alternate format, please contact our Communications Department at 905-855-9090 or 1-877-336-9090


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