Registered Nurse

Job Description

An opportunity for Registered Nurses with a passion for palliative care to make a difference as part of a dedicated clinical team at Central Queensland's first hospice.

  • Full timepart time, and casual positions available - flexible shifts across a 24/7 roster
  • A dedicated, positive, and supportive small team
  • Work in a new purpose-built and home-like community facility

About Us

Fitzroy Community Hospice (FCH) is a community-driven, not-for-profit charitable organisation established in direct response to the need for greater access to community-based palliative care in Central Queensland. Governed by a Board of Directors, FCH has grown in 3 years from an “idea” to a home-like 11-bed hospice facility; with a planned opening in early June 2024. As an alternative to hospital or home-based palliative care, FCH will provide the full spectrum of subacute palliative care, including short term symptom management, transitional care between hospital and home, and care in the last weeks and days of life. It is envisaged that an integrated model of care with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service will improve patient and family experiences at the end of life.  

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates the daily clinical care of FCH patients by completing comprehensive nursing assessments, implementing treatment plans, and providing excellent person-centred nursing care;
  • Practices collaboratively and flexibly within the multidisciplinary team to identify and comprehensively meet the holistic palliative care needs of patients;
  • Skillfully communicates with and supports the family members and loved ones of FCH patients; 
  • Effectively and safely delegates aspects of care to others according to their role and competence e.g., Healthcare Assistants, Hospitality Staff, and Volunteers;
  • Supports students undertaking placement at FCH with clinical mentorship;
  • As a Shift Leader, supervises and leads the provision of FCH care and support after hours and on weekends and public holidays;
  • Participates in quality improvement projects, audits, clinical reviews, and research when requested/required.

Position Requirements:

Personal Competencies:

  • Compassion: operates in an empathetic, non-judgemental, and fair manner respecting the diverse needs of the community;
  • Excellence: demonstrates commitment to the personal and professional development of self and broader continuous quality improvement and best practice principles;
  • Integrity: demonstrates sound ethics and trustworthiness;
  • Effective communication: possesses the ability to engage, develop relationships, and effectively communicate with patients, families & carers, other staff and volunteers;
  • Discretion: handles sensitive and confidential information appropriately;
  • Self–motivation: works independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team, demonstrating initiative when appropriate;
  • Insight: sound professional judgement, escalating concerns and seeking assistance/support where required;
  • Flexibility: a willingness and ability to respond to changing care requirements in a timely and collaborative way;
  • Time-Management: ability to prioritise and manage competing tasks, delegating where appropriate and seeking assistance/support when necessary; 
  • Self-care: strong understanding of and commitment to self-care strategies. 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse;
  • Experience providing palliative care in a hospital, hospice, or community setting, and demonstrated knowledge and understanding of contemporary evidence-based palliative care;
  • Computer skills sufficient to effectively use an electronic patient medical record;
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of National Palliative Care and NSQHS Standards;
  • A knowledge of Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative (PCOC) assessments for palliative patients is desirable.

Qualifications:

  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with AHPRA;
  • Current Queensland Drivers’ Licence.

Other Requirements (prior to employment):

  • Satisfactory National Police Check;
  • Evidence of immunity to Vaccine Preventable Diseases. 

 

Pay and Conditions

Permanent full time, part time, and casual positions available

Competitive remuneration commensurate with experience

Generous not-for-profit salary sacrificing entitlement

Training and development opportunities

Commencement from 3rd June 2024

 

Application Process

Applications close 24th April 2024.

Apply Now as FCH reserves the right to offer shortlisted candidates an interview at any time and make offers of employment prior to the close date, if appropriate.

 

To apply for the position please click the apply now button and upload your 

  • Resume 
  • Covering Letter (maximum 1 page) addressing the Key Duties and Responsibilities & Position Requirements; and indicating a preference for a full timepart time, or casual position.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Beth Thomas on 0409228792 or email BethT@fitzroyhospice.org.au