Position title
RN Palliative Aquatic Therapist

The Mission of George Mark Children’s House is to provide an important addition to the continuum of care for children with life-limiting illnesses; enhancing quality of life for the entire family by offering medical, emotional, spiritual and respite support in a home-like setting that is full of life and activity regardless of ability to pay, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or socioeconomic status.

Reporting to the Director of Nursing (DON), this position is responsible for assisting with the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the pediatric palliative aquatics program of the George Mark Children’s House (GMCH). The Palliative Aquatic Therapist must be familiar with current requirements of the federal health care programs including, but not limited to, Medi-Cal, applicable to the services provided.

This is a per-diem, non- benefitted, non-exempt position with a minimum of six to eight (6-8) hours per week.


Essential Functions:  Clinical/Technical

  • Provides pediatric hydrotherapy to medically fragile children/patients, at the request of the Interdisciplinary Team, consistent with professional standards of pediatric aquatics.
  • In collaboration with staff nurses, utilizes the principles of the nursing process to determine the appropriateness of a patient for the requested aquatic session.
  • In consultation with the Interdisciplinary Team Aquatic therapist will determine how many professional staff is necessary to maintain a safe, therapeutic environment.
  • Performs certain nursing tasks/functions as needed during a session, such as: proper positioning of a child in the water, use of movements/positions to enhance mobility and respiratory efficiency during a session, monitors/adjusts oxygen equipment, cares for the child during and post seizure as needed and conducts ongoing assessment of patient response to the session(s) as needed.
  • Maintain documentation of aquatic therapy sessions.
  • Attends certain meetings as appropriate, such as interdisciplinary meetings, clinical team meetings and conferences with families.
  • Assists with training other nurses to provide palliative aquatic sessions for patients.
  • Assists in training volunteers interested in assisting with aquatics sessions.

This job description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.



  • BSN preferred
  • Current California Registered Nurse license without limitations is required
  • Current BLS/CPR certification
  • End of life experience preferred.
  • Ability to communicate accurately and concisely using both written and verbal skills.
  • Ability to work independently to manage a caseload of patients.
  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
  • Knowledge of office procedures and office machines.
  • Possess fluency in English.
  • Possess fluency in Spanish or other language (preferred).
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
Employment Type
Per diem
Job Location
2121 George Mark Lane, San Leandro, CA
Base Salary
Date posted
April 30, 2024
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Position: RN Palliative Aquatic Therapist

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