To provide nursing care to the terminally ill Hospice patient as needed. To provide assistance and understanding to the family in the home care situation and in time of bereavement. To work as a member of the Hospice team in providing Hospice care.
Regularly assesses and reassesses the nursing needs of the Hospice patient.
Observes signs and symptoms and reports to the physician and IDG members any unexpected changes in the patient’s physical or emotional condition.
Teaches, supervises and counsels the Hospice patient and family members about providing care for the patient.
Develops and re-evaluates the patient/family care plan in conjunction with IDG to meet needs and maintain continuity of care.
Performs specific nursing procedures as needed (e.g., treatments, management of symptoms) following doctor’s orders.
Completes clinical/progress notes accurately regarding patient condition into clinical record weekly as required by Hospice.
Participates in on-call system and is responsible for providing on-call coverage when unavailable for assigned duties.
Coordinates the implementation of the plan of care for patients residing in SNF, NF, ICF
Educational/Degree: Graduate from an accredited school of nursing
Training/Licensure: Currently licensed as a registered nurse to practice in the state with no restrictions.
Knowledge/Skills/Ability: Ability to work independently, make accurate, and at times, quick judgments. Ability to supervise others appropriately. Ability to respond appropriately to crisis outside of a hospital setting. Acceptance of and adaptability to different social, racial, cultural and religious modes. Completes Hospice training program.
Experience: Minimum 2 years of experience as a registered nurse, hospice experience preferred.
Active patient contact within past three years, preferred.