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Registered Nurse - Hospice Care -

Company: Vitas Healthcare
Location: Fairfield
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Job Description:

Case Management and Supervision


  • Follows VITAS policies and standards (See VITAS Standards Manual) and practices within the scope of the RN license
  • Reports any request to practice outside of scope of license to the manager/supervisor
  • Supervision of (VITAS employed and contracted) nursing tasks delegated to Hospice Aides, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (and contracted Registered Nurses) and Volunteers per the plan of care
  • Completes initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments including physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and bereavement
  • Appropriately identifies/utilizes resources, referrals such as PT, OT, Home Health, Dietary, Pharmacy, Supplies, Home Medical Equipment, and other visits/consults
  • Completes documentation at the time of the event and at the location of care unless otherwise directed
  • Provides education to patients, families, caregivers and referral sources
  • Participates in patient care meetings as assigned
  • Participates in weekly team meetings
  • Provides effective communication/shift reports through written, verbal, reporting and body language
  • Participates in bereavement support
  • Participates in the on-call rotation and/or provides shifts during non-business hours such as evenings, weekends and holidays based upon program-identified needs
  • Provides visits/shifts in program coverage area
  • Develops, coordinates, and follows the patient's individualized plan of care
  • Appropriately delegates nursing tasks to Hospice Aides/Homemakers, Volunteers, and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses


    • All factors pertinent to the patient's safety, including the competence of the Hospice Aide/Homemaker have been assessed
    • Determination that this activity can be delegated safely to a Hospice Aide/Homemaker


      • Connecticut -For activities other than those listed in section 19--13D69(d)(3)of the Connecticut Department of Public Health delegated to a Hospice/Homemaker, the RN will document in the clinical record that:


      • Provides nursing care including nursing tasks that may be delegated to other roles such as LPNs, HHAs and Volunteers
      • Participates in and monitors patient and family care compliance activities
      • Professionally manages/coordinates the hospice plan of care
      • Provides and follows infection control practices
      • Delivers care in accordance with the patient's plan of care


        • Provides primary nursing care for inpatient and continuous care patients as assigned

          Quality Improvement

          • Participates in the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program and related activities as assigned. This may include, but is not limited to


            • participation in Performance Improvement Project(s) (PIP)
            • Gathering clinical data which is used for quality measures

              Professional Development

              • Develops and achieves professional growth goals and objectives personally and per Team Manager reviews
              • Responsible for attending orientation and regularly scheduled in-services/educational conferences as assigned
              • Participates in orientation of Hospice Aides, Volunteers and other IDG members as assigned
              • Participates in training activities internally within VITAS and externally as assigned

                Customer Service

                • Maintains focus on the patient and family experience of care
                • Serves as a patient and family advocate
                • Reports patient/family/customer complaints to Team Manager
                • Participates in patient/family/customer conflict resolution as applicable.
                • Represents the nursing profession, the VITAS site/location and VITAS overall in a positive manner

                  QUALIFICATIONS

                  • Currently licensed as a R.N. in the state where the VITAS program is located.
                  • A minimum of two years experience in hospice, home health, or community health experience in the last five years.

                    EDUCATION

                    • RN license

                      SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATE

                      • EOE/AA M/F/D/V

Keywords: Vitas Healthcare, Fairfield , Registered Nurse - Hospice Care -, Healthcare , Fairfield, California

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