Registered Nurse (RN), Hospice Palliative Care

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REGISTERED NURSE (RN), Hospice & Palliative Care

LOCATION: Home and Community Care Support Services Waterloo Wellington

STATUS: Permanent, Part-Time (0.5 FTE) Job Share


CLOSES: Thursday September 29, 2022



The RN will work in collaboration with a physician or group of physicians to support a comprehensive palliative approach to care in partnership with the patient and their family.  The focus of the role will be to support patients connected with the WWLHIN Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) Community Teams in the Waterloo Wellington Region. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the redesign of the HPC RN role with the HPC team and stakeholders. An additional emphasis will be seamless transitions for patients and their families between hospital and community setting. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of palliative care experience in the community.


Reporting to the Manager of Patient Services, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Utilizing and demonstrating an advanced knowledge of palliative approach to care to support a comprehensive care plan optimizing quality of life for adults faced with life threatening illness.
  • Working collaboratively with partners to develop, share and deliver plans of care, including goals of care
  • Proactively identifies opportunities to improve care delivery and potential risks to the patient; working with the interdisciplinary Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) community team and other providers in the circle of care to resolve
  • Facilitate/support ‘warm hand-overs’ where possible when transitioning patients between care settings or service providers
  • Provide expert palliative clinical service and consultation to the WW Integrated HPC Program, service providers, primary care physicians, patients and families
  • Participate and lead quality improvement initiatives
  • The nurse will practice in the clinic, community and hospital setting in person, by phone or via virtual technology
  • Through nursing assessments and interventions provide support to patients that are attached to primary care physicians or Nurse practitioners and may also be receiving or pending assessments from the KW4 physician group (duties may include supporting patient clinic visits, providing results of diagnostics & lab to physician and patient, follow up on prescribed/recommended interventions)
  • At times patients receiving a palliative approach to care may also inquire about medical assistance in dying (MAID) requiring the RN to share relevant information and resources to support an effective referral
  • Attend pre-hospital discharge meetings and/or in-home assessments for complex patients
  • Understanding and communicating roles and responsibilities amongst the client care team to limit duplication and disruption to the client and family
  • Incorporating evidence based palliative care/best practice guidelines; sharing this knowledge with health care team members and key stakeholders
  • Providing mentorship and role models critical thinking, problem solving and the use of evidence to guide decision making amongst the health care team
  • Performing other duties as assigned.



  • RN with a Current Certificate of Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse, with palliative expertise and training, or equivalent
  • Completion of Learning Essential Approaches in Palliative Care (LEAP); Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nursing Certificate CHPCN(C) preferred.
  • Minimum two to five years’ experience in clinical palliative care delivery in a variety of care settings, with demonstrated palliative pain and symptom care experience
  • Working knowledge of community resources and roles of health care professionals
  • Solid knowledge of health care related legislation and practices
  • Knowledge of direct care / case management models used in community health care organizations
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Effective organizational and planning skills
  • The ability to work independently in a highly organized manner is required.
  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer in a windows networked environment; basic proficiency with computerized information systems, including practice solutions
  • Effectively maintain verbal and written communication with others throughout the workplace as well as outside the organization
  • Ability to communicate with clients’, families, and other stakeholders in order to follow through with care plan directives
  • Demonstrated awareness of cultural diversity; ability to behave discreetly and sensitively to confidential issues
  • The ability to travel throughout Waterloo Region and Wellington County is required.
  • Fluency in French language preferred


This position may be required to provide relief at other Home and Community Care Support Services locations or teams as needed and may be part of the on call rotation as per the provisions of the ONA collective agreement.


HCCSS Waterloo Wellington strives to create a respectful, accessible and inclusive work environment.  Upon individual request, hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities.  Should any applicant require accommodation through the application, interview or selection processes, please contact Human Resources at for assistance. 


Home and Community Care Support Services has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy across the province that requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants being considered for employment will be required to provide proof of vaccination documentation confidentially to Human Resources upon hire. Any medical or human rights exemption requests will be reviewed and validated prior to an offer of employment.



If you are interested in this position, please submit a cover letter, along with a detailed resume, outlining how your skills, qualifications and experience meet the position requirements, quoting competition #22-O-135 before 4:30 pm on Thursday, September 29, 2022.


*** PLEASE NOTE*** Cover letters and resumes need to be submitted as a single file, acceptable files are: doc, docx, and pdf. Please include your first name, last name and job title in the file name when applying, example JohnSmith_Recruiter.


 Please forward your Resume and Cover Letter to:


We thank all applicants in advance however, we will be communicating only with those selected for an interview.






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