Registered Nurse - Hospice Palliative Care Community Team KW4 Sub-region (FT)

141 Weber Street South, Waterloo ON N2J 2A9

Schedule: Regular Day shift 8:30am-4:30pm. Provides relief at WWLHIN locations or teams as required.

Union: ONA

Reports to: Manager, Client Services

Rate of Pay: $33.95 - 45.26/hr

Posting: #18/O/62

​Closing​: May 22, 2018


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 Team in the KW4 sub region. 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.


  • 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 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
  • In collaboration/partnership with the Palliative Pain & Symptom Management Consultants 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 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)
  • 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
  • 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 palliative care 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. 

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

WWLHIN 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.   

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 posting  #18/0/62 before 4:30p.m. on May 22, 2018 to Human Resources (e-mail: We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be communicating only with those selected for an interview.  

*** 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_AdministrativeAssistant.