Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Coordinator-Registered Nurse

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • Overview


    Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. These three organizations have worked together to support their mission of world class adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education. Please join us and be part of making a difference in the lives of our patients, families, and community!

    At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance every patient, every life matters. Our dedicated nurses are a driving force making SCCA a global leader in the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. Our nurses rank among leading experts in oncology. Our nurses provide exceptional patient and family-centered care as they coordinate and assist in individualized treatment. They integrate care with support for the research and development of innovative therapies. Embarking with each patient on a journey through cancer treatment and survival, our compassionate nurses walk hand-in-hand with courage and hope with each individual to ensure the best possible patient outcome.

    Our nurses are vital to the journey of cancer care. We invite you to explore our career opportunities and apply online for more information.


    This position is responsible for the nursing management of patients seen in the Palliative Care Clinic. As the Clinical Nurse Coordinator (CNC) for the Palliative Care Service, this position is responsible for monitoring the flow of the Palliative Care Patient while in the clinic.  CNC manages some Palliative Care Service patients’ care independently (under the supervision and consultation of the Palliative Care ARNP/PA and the Medical Director), performs patient teaching regarding palliative care as needed, and gathers patient information. CNC will assist with the triaging of phone calls for patient and caregiver concerns, referring providers offices and assist team coordinators with scheduling (including the inpatient University of Washington Medical Center as patients transition from inpatient to outpatient), as well as working with outpatient clinicians to carry out the patient’s palliative care treatment plan. The nurse is knowledgeable in meeting the physical, social, psychological, cultural, and educational needs of patients and caregivers.  This position assists with coordination and placement of palliative care patients in the outpatient setting (e.g. hospice, adult family homes, etc).

    In addition to responsibilities related to the day-to-day operations of the palliative care service, this position serves as a palliative care resource to patients, families, and members of the health care team. Clinical work is performed with general independence and decision-making responsibility in accordance with palliative care clinical practice guidelines and scope of practice, the patient’s attending physician/oncology team, and the medical director for palliative care. Guidelines include general policy procedures and practice guidelines established by the department and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), as well as appropriate professional and technical manuals.

    In conjunction with other members of the palliative care team, this position shares responsibility for providing palliative care clinical education and support to physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and others as requested. CNC may also be asked to participate in the development of patient and caregiver educational materials and other activities to support and promote high quality care for patients and families.  CNC will be expected to support quality improvement or research projects in palliative and end of life care conducted by the palliative care or supportive care services.

    The Clinics are open Monday thru Friday 8:30AM - 5:00 PM, closed weekends and holidays.  Some flexible scheduling may be possible.  Be part of a team that supports and encourages professional development and fulfillment.

    In the Clinical Nurse Coordinator position you will: 

    • Establish long-term relationships with patients and families as you help them navigate their disease and treatment
    • Assess patient and family needs along the continuum of care from diagnosis, treatment, to survivorship
    • Act as primary point of contact for patients/caregivers to provide education, triage and symptom management,  in-person and on the phone
    • Coordinate care within our SCCA/UWMC facility as well as with outside healthcare facilities
    • Monitor the health status of complex patients and collaborate with multidisciplinary care teams to provide the highest and safest  level of care
    • Exhibit professionalism and work collaboratively and respectfully with patients and all staff at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

    Benefits include:

    • Relocation - Generous relocation package available
    • Time Off - 12 paid holidays plus 2 personal days, paid vacation, and paid sick time
    • Employee Health Clinic - Onsite employee health clinic services are free for employees enrolled in a Kaiser or Premera Blue Cross plan
    • Retirement - 403(b) defined contribution plan with a 7% employer contribution after 1 year and 1000 hours of service
    • Bright Horizons Care Advantage 
    • Hutch Kids Child Care Center
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Tuition Reimbursement Program  
    • Subsidized Orca card and tax-advantaged transportation options 


    Required Qualifications:

    • Current Washington State Registered Nurse license
    • Current BLS AHA Health Provider certification
    • Minimum one year inpatient hospital experience
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Excellent assessment skills
    • Ability to perform triage both in-person and by phoneAbility to work under pressure
    • Always treats patients, families and colleagues with respect
    • Competence in basic computer skills
    • Obtains certification as a hospice and palliative care nurse within two years.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Oncology experience preferred
    • OCN Certification preferred
    • 2 years nursing experience working with people at the end of life.
    • BSN or Masters of Nursing
    • Chemotherapy and/or oncology patient population knowledge
    • Certification in ELNEC
    • Effective interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and clinical expertise in the care of patients with a life-limiting illness.

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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