Registered Nurse - Hospice Palliative Care

Work Area: 
Palliative Care Unit St John
Base Site: 
St John Hospice
Temporary Full Time
End Date: 
Dec 31, 2021 or return of incumbent
Job Category: 
Registered Nurse
0730-1930, 1930-0730

Located on the beautiful University of British Columbia (UBC) campus, St. John Hospice is a 14-bed hospice with a home-like setting and feeling that provides 24-hour nursing care. St. John Hospice offers supportive end-of-life care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. If you have experience working in palliative or hospice care, please read more about this opportunity.


Reporting to the Operations Leader, the Staff Nurse, assesses, identifies, plans, implements and evaluates the nursing care required to assist patients/residents in meeting their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs. The Staff Nurse works within an interdisciplinary clinical framework in accordance with the CRNBC/CRPNBC Standards of Practice and consistent with the mission, vision and values and established protocols of Providence Health Care.


Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work as a member in an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to apply decision making and analytical skills.
Ability to deal with others effectively.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to prioritize and organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.
Ability to teach.
Ability to provide clinical direction.


Registered Nurse with current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia or, in Residential Care and Mental Health a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with current practicing registration with the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia. Completion of the Basic Cardiac Life Support Course, Level C. 

Certification in Hospice/Palliative Care plus one (1) year’s recent, related palliative nursing care experience in an acute care facility or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Reviews patient/resident status through methods such as reviewing the patient/resident chart and other written information, patient/resident observation, collateral information and consultation with peers and other members of the health care team.

Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients/residents using a framework for nursing practice.

Develops, implements, evaluates and revises individual care plans through methods such as assessing patient/resident problems and needs, planning and prioritizing nursing interventions, implementing interventions and reassessing if goals are not met and modifying plan of care based on evaluation.

Provides nursing care according to identified policies and procedures, technology and PHC standards and evaluates outcomes, records observations and reports problems and/or changes to designated staff.

Identifies patient/resident and family learning needs and incorporates teaching and counseling into the care plan and nursing interventions and/or makes referrals to other identified resources.

Provides direction to other staff such as Care Attendants and Licensed Practical Nurses with regard to patient/resident care and facilitates effective team work on the units. Responsibilities include but are not limited to collegial sharing of information, demonstrating and/or providing guidance on related tasks, providing incidental or ad hoc input into staff performance, ensuring staff are aware of assignments and reassigning clinical/health related tasks.

Provides direct nursing interventions for management of crisis and life threatening situations.

Documents information including assessments, nursing care plans, patient/resident status and progress and discharge plans in a manual and/or computerized environment.

Participates in nursing orientation and shares clinical knowledge