Under physician's orders, the Hospice Nurse is responsible for identifying the physical and emotional needs of the patient/family and for coordinating the care necessary to meet these needs in order to maximize patient comfort and to enhance the quality of life for the patient/family.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
1. Utilizes a systematic process to assess the physical and emotional needs of the patient to provide the framework from which patient care is planned.
Completes the Patient Assessment Form/Patient Care Note within established guidelines and document such findings (in the EMR) in a timely manner on a specific device.
Recognizes, reports and documents significant findings/changes in the patient's condition to the clinical manager and/or physician.
Assesses the need for medical supplies, equipment and medication on a regular and consistent basis.
Assesses the need for alternative levels of care options when appropriate.
2. Contributes to the development of an Interdisciplinary Treatment Plan in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team providing a comprehensive plan of care.
Identifies additional problems/needs and contributes to the initial plan of care started on admission and continues to update the plan of care as necessary and required.
Identifies patient/family educational needs and develops a teaching plan utilizing resources available.
Participates in IDG
3. Implements and directs plan of care in an organized and efficient manner in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
Implements physician directed care in a timely manner.
Implements nursing interventions and procedures for physical and emotional needs based on the plan of care.
Plans the administration of and/or administers medication with knowledge of actions, contraindications, side effects and desired outcomes.
Communicates with other team members and/or outside services and nursing agencies to provide coordination of care.
Provides information and direction to the HHAs/CNAs, documenting supervision according to policy.
Completes documentation accurately, concisely and in a timely manner.
Reports all infections/suspected infections on the appropriate forms.
Attends/prepares the body after death, providing emotional support to the family and direction for arrangements as needed within established guidelines.
4. Continually evaluates the plan of care, the nursing care provided and the patient's response to the care so that adjustments may be made accordingly.
Evaluates the effectiveness of the nursing interventions in meeting the identified physical and emotional needs, making revisions on the plan of care.
Communicates with the physician informing him/her of the patient’s status as the condition changes.
Notifies the physician at the time of death.
Performs chart reviews as assigned.
5. Performs other related work as needed and as directed by the clinical manager and/or director.
Is available for holiday, on-call, weekend, illness and vacation coverage as needed.
6. Follows the Compliance and Ethics Program.
7. Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking in English. Spanish language skills preferred.
Math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages/fractions. Nurse must successfully pass the math test given at time of interview prior to starting orientation and annually.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Current RN License to practice in the state of Florida.
Valid Florida Driver's License
Healthcare Provider CPR .
(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Must be able to turn, move, and lift patients without restriction. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Field evaluations involve driving to patient homes. Must be able to endure exposure to common household allergens (i.e., pets, plants, dust). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County's original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow's companies care not only for those who are terminally ill, but also for those who have serious and chronic illnesses or who have suffered great loss. The Avow companies are:
Avow® Hospice, Inc., a not-for-profit hospice, serving Collier County, Florida since 1983. (Florida Hospice License #5022096.) Avow Hospice, Inc. was formerly known as Hospice of Naples, Hospice of Marco Island and Hospice of Immokalee.
Avow® Care Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing palliative medicine services in Collier County, Florida. Avow Hospice, Inc. is accredited by the Joint Commission.