Registered Nurse, Hospice 9/17/2016
JOB DESCRIPTIONAPPLY Description
JOB TITLE: RN- Hospice
JOB CODE: 2100
DATE ESTABLISHED: 07/2005
II. POSITION SUMMARY:
The Hospice RN provides skilled nursing assignments, planning, and interventions for terminally ill adults. They participate in the on-call rotation as scheduled. They ensure nursing care is provided based on the initial and ongoing assessment of the patient's needs and are provided in accordance with the Hospice IDG Plan of Care. They assume primary responsibility for a patient/family caseload. The Hospice RN supports the patient's unique spiritual and cultural beliefs in an effort to maintain the patient's dignity. They are a participating active member of the Hospice IDG.
III. KEY JOB DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Initiates the admission process, individualizes patient care plans by identifying the patients' and families' physical, psychosocial, spiritual, emotional, environmental, safety and developmental needs; and by providing holistic, family-centered care across treatment settings to improve the patients' quality of life. Maintains a productivity expectation of 28 units per week. Attends IDG meetings.
- Develops an individualized pain management and symptom care plan
with the physician by assessing the patients' pain and symptoms and
by anticipating, preventing and treating undesirable symptoms of
- Instructs and educates the patient's family and Caregiver.
- Documents problems, nursing assessments, appropriate goals, care
provided, care interventions and patient and family outcomes
(achieved from intervention and care provided).
- Supervises Hospice Aide Services and documents that supervision
in the patient's clinical record.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- IV. QUALIFICATIONS/PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
- Exhibits adaptability, flexibility, self-control and maturity in work and behavior.
Works well with others.
2. Demonstrates good communication skills with patients and all associates. Ability
to listen, interact, serve and support the hospice staff and patients using compassion
and concern in a non-judgmental way.
3. Must be knowledgeable of policies, procedures, and organizational structure.
4. Protects, honors, and respects patient and co-worker confidentiality and right to privacy.
5. Must DEMONSTRATE THE CORE VALUES AT ALL TIMES.
6. Knows and understands the agency mission in relation to your own job position
7. Maintains agency property, supplies and equipment per agency policy
7. Maintains the work area to reduce the likelihood of safety hazards
8. Must Adhere to the Code of Ethics Guidelines
Reports to the Hospice Program Director.
VI. PREQUISITE PREPARATION:
- Must have a current license to practice as an RN in the State of Louisiana.
- Degree in nursing required from an accredited school of nursing.
- Requires at least two (2) years experience as a registered nurse. Prefer that one of
these years shall consist of full-time experience in providing direct patient care in
a hospice, home health, or oncology setting.
- CPR Certification is required
- Must have a current Louisiana Driver's License, Automobile Liability Insurance and dependable transportation.
- Must demonstrate effective time management skills; legible handwriting; critical
thinking skills; professional appearance and conduct; medical-surgical nursing skills; be able to practice independently; strong assessment skills; teaching ability; flexibility; and the ability to read maps.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
- Must work well with all levels of Associates; must be able to remain calm in the face of irate clients.
- Must be able to use a computer, to include computer software programs Microsoft Word, Excel and similar programs.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
- Normal office conditions when at the office, smoke-free facility
- Subject to varying and unpredictable situations in patient's place of residence and
in the communities served. May be exposed to infectious disease and body fluids.
May occasionally involve exposure to extreme driving conditions caused by weather conditions; must be able to gain access to the patient as required.
- Must be able to adapt to rapidly changing workloads and frequent interruptions.