Registered Nurse - Hospice Home Care

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Allen Park, MI

Henry Ford Health System

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Overview: <ul> <li>Works under the supervision of the hospice manager and Vice President.</li> <li>In the absence of the hospice Manager would assume those responsibilities as assigned.</li> </ul>
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Assesses and identifies patient needs in accordance with the hospice concept of care.</li> <li>Coordinates with the Interdisciplinary Team to provide complete patient/family care.</li> <li>Maintains the continuity of care by ensuring that patient needs are met.</li> <li>Nursing equipment, laptop, supplies and forms necessary to provide quality patient care. Use of protective equipment as needed for standard precautions.</li> <li>Completes home visits, providing accurate and timely assessments of the family/patient enabling identification of needs.</li> <li>Formulates and implements the individual plan of care with the medical director and Interdisciplinary Team based on the patient/family assessment and hospice standards of care. Manages discomfort and provides symptom relief.</li> <li>Evaluates the effectiveness of the interventions through regular monitoring, observations and reassessment of the patient/family situation. Makes revisions as needed.</li> <li>Monitors the quality of care provided for the patient through participation in quarterly monitors according to the Quality Assurance Plan.</li> <li>Participates in the orientation of employees in relation to the function of hospice nurse.</li> <li>Displays sensitivity in discussing the reality of impending death and hospice care with patients, families, physicians and community groups.</li> <li>Performs activities as necessary to support hospice function including:</li> <li>Continual review of assigned patient's charts for appropriate and timely documentation to ensure quality and continuity of care.</li> <li>Participating in monthly staff meetings.</li> <li>Participating in discipline meetings.</li> <li>Equally sharing on-call responsibility.</li> <li>Obtaining, utilizing, and maintaining equipment and supplies in a cost effective manner.</li> <li>Providing personal care to patients as needed.</li> <li>Participating in bereavement follow-up per policy.</li> <li>Completing referrals, admissions, and discharges.</li> <li>Documentation in the patient medical record is concise, timely, objective information which impacts patient care.</li> <li>Assumes the duties of the hospice manager in his/her absence as assigned.</li> <li>Monitors the patient care activity of the home health aide and the family's private care giver; registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and sitters. Reports discrepancies to the hospice manager immediately.</li> <li>Involves the family in the plan of care, providing the family with insight into the patient's needs while concurrently understanding the family's needs.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><u><strong>EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE</strong>:</u></p> <ul> <li>Graduation from an accredited school of nursing.</li> </ul> <p><u><strong>CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURES</strong>:</u></p> <ul> <li>Must maintain current Michigan licensure as a Registered Nurse.</li> <li>Hospice certification preferred.</li> <li>A working knowledge of current pain and symptom management, and experience appropriate to the needs of hospice patients and their families is preferred.</li> </ul> <p><u><strong>PHYSICAL DEMANDS</strong>:</u></p> <ul> <li>Physical and health status which would accommodate delivery of duties and access to patient homes.</li> </ul> <p><u><strong>WORKING CONDITIONS</strong>:</u></p> <ul> <li>Works in a clean, well-lighted office environment, on nursing units and patient homes.</li> <li>Occasionally subjected to irregular working hours. Shares on-call responsibilities.</li> <li>May be exposed to communicable diseases and environmental hazards on the nursing unit and in the homes of patients.</li> <li>Occasional pressure due to multiple calls and inquires.</li> <li>May travel to homes during variable weather conditions.</li> <li>Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver's license.</li> </ul>