POSITION SUMMARY: The Registered Nurse (RN) is an experienced
registered professional nurse who initiates and coordinates the
care plan, provides skilled and palliative care and coordinates the
services provided to his/her patients. The RN works cooperatively
with the attending physician, Medical Director, and other members
of the interdisciplinary team. The RN participates in patient care
conferences and supervises the Home Health Aides assigned. The RN
provides care, as described in this position description, to
patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The RN
regularly reviews and updates the plan of care. Performs prescribed
medical treatments, including pain management and symptom control,
conducts assessments and evaluations, provides education and
supportive care to patient and caregiver.
REPORTS TO: Director of Patient Care Services or Team Leader
SUPERVISES: Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses, Certified Home
Health Aides, Homemakers
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduate of an accredited school of
nursing. Credentials: Current RN License within the State. BSN
preferred. Certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing desired.
Experience: Minimum of one-year experience as a professional nurse
within the last 3 years or have a Baccalaureate in Nursing from a
program accredited by the National League for Nursing. Core
Competencies: Demonstrated competency in performance of
professional nursing functions. Requires excellent oral and written
communication skills. Ability to work with dying patients and their
families. Possesses a sympathetic attitude toward caring for the
hospice patient and demonstrates positive communication skills in
interacting with other members of the hospice team. Other: Valid
driver's license and auto insurance.
FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Performs comprehensive nursing
evaluations. 2. Assesses for signs and symptoms of discomfort
including presence of pain and takes prompt and appropriate action.
3. Initiates plan of care and appropriate supervises, provides
appropriate nursing follow- up to all patients. Instructs
caregivers in managing patient needs and submits appropriate
documentation within 24 hours of visit. 4. Coordinates all services
provided to patients/families in all settings to ensure quality of
care and services as well as appropriateness of care. 5. Supervises
the implementation of the approved plan of care, modifies as
needed, and contacts physician when appropriate. 6. Provides
supervision of Home Health Aides and LVN/LPN. 7. Demonstrates
flexibility in scheduling, and readily accepts new admissions and
emergency assignments as requested. 8. Maintains knowledge of state
and federal regulations and JCAHO standards (if applicable). 9.
Participates in QAPI program. 10. Observes for safety hazards in
the patient’s and organization’s environments and takes appropriate
steps to reduce or eliminate them. 11. Maintains continuing
education through academic studies, seminars, and workshops. 12.
Attends and participates in in-services, staff meetings, and
patient care conferences. 13. Completes all documentation in an
accurate and legible manner. 14. Complies with hospice policies and
procedures, laws and regulations and standards of practice.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS 1. Evidence of good physical and mental
health. 2. Able to lift 40 lbs. from floor to waist and from waist
to shoulders. 3. Able to lift 25 lbs. from shoulder to overhead. 4.
Able to push/pull 50 lbs. 5. Frequently required to assist with
transferring of patients. 6. Frequent bending. 7. Repetitive
standing, walking and use of hands. 8. Average vision/hearing. 9.
Phone communication ability. 10. Able to drive a car 2-4 hours per
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM