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NP Palliative Care / Hospice - Las Vegas, NV

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737516 NP Palliative Care Hospice Las Vegas NV

NP Palliative Care / Hospice - Las Vegas, NV (737516)

Position Description

Southwest Medical Associates (SMA) is a multi-specialty group of physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants consisting of over 300 providers, 21 medical health centers including six urgent care clinics, four convenient care centers, two lifestyle centers catering to older adults, an outpatient surgery center, plus E-visits and online options via Now Clinic telemedicine technology.  SMA offers patients compassion, innovation, and quality care throughout southern Nevada. SMA is headquartered in the greater Las Vegas, NV area


Southwest Medical Associates is now part of the Optum division under the greater UnitedHealth Group umbrella.


Do you have compassion and a passion to help others?  Transforming healthcare and millions of lives as a result starts with the values you embrace and the passion you bring to achieve your life’s best work.(sm)


We are currently seeking a Hospice Nurse Practitioner to join our team in Las Vegas. 

In this position you will provide nursing assessment, planning and care to maximize the comfort and health of patients and families in accordance with the interdisciplinary plan of care.  You will work under the direction of the Hospice Medical Director.  You will join and assist in providing comprehensive medical care and provide direct care to hospice patients in their homes and/or skilled nursing facilities. You will work with other caring, friendly, healthcare professionals and the Medical Director to determine the best overall care for your terminal patients (prognosis of 6 months or less). You will provide emotional support for the patient and the families in your care on a personal level. You will provide education on Hospice and Palliative Care for physicians, patients and families.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform face-to-face evaluations
  • Make visits to patients at home and skilled nursing facilities as needed
  • Assist with Palliative Care consults when needed
  • Assist RN’s with Case Management when needed
  • Rapidly formulate a differential diagnosis from assessments conducted within the clinical setting
  • Develop and implement treatment plans for patients assigned within the clinical setting
  • Develop and actualize plans for patients as assigned
  • Provide guidance to nursing personnel towards treatment plans and care issues
  • Document treatment plans in the medical record
  • Document collaborative guidance from the physician as needed
  • Coordinate care with the patient and family / caregivers
  • Basic technical proficiency in the use of computer programs for medical records or internet search for clinical practice
  • Ability to communicate with patients, families, primary care team members and management staff about terminal care and advanced illness
  • Ability to make care decisions based on best medical practices in specialty area of practice without direct supervision or guidance by a physician
  • Ability to formulate a differential diagnosis
  • Knowledge of hospice regulations and working within them
  • Proficient in assessment and development of treatment plans
  • Ability to conceptualize the needs for the team or department and actualize plans for implementation
  • Empowered to develop plans of action and gain team consensus towards common goals
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility to be on call as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Master of Science degree in Nursing 
  • 1+ years experience as an NP, Palliative Care/Hospice experience preferred
  • Active, unrestricted APRN license in Nevada or ability to obtain
  • DEA license or ability to obtain
  • National Nurse Practitioner certification in Palliative Care, Family Medicine, Adult Medicine or Gerontology or ability to obtain 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Work experience in hospice, palliative care, acute care, oncology, ambulatory care and / or pain management
  • Knowledge of end of life care, including advanced care planning, pain and symptom control of the terminally ill and bereavement care issues are desired


Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make the health system work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do.



Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.






Job Details

  • Contest Number737516
  • Job TitleNP Palliative Care / Hospice - Las Vegas, NV
  • Job FamilyHealthcare Delivery
  • Business SegmentOptumCare

Job Location Information

  • Las Vegas, NV
    United States
    North America

Additional Job Detail Information

  • Employee StatusRegular
  • ScheduleFull-time
  • Job LevelIndividual Contributor
  • ShiftDay Job
  • TravelNo
  • Telecommuter PositionNo
  • Overtime StatusExempt

UnitedHealth Group is the most diversified health care company in the United States and a leader worldwide in helping people live healthier lives and helping to make the health system work better for everyone.

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