Hospice Registered Nurse
Summary: The Hospice RN provides nursing care to the terminally ill hospice patient and is designated as the care coordinator for each patient. The RN ensures that the nursing needs of the patient are met as identified in the patient's initial assessment, comprehensive assessment, and updated assessments. The RN provides assistance and understanding to patients and family members during life and also in time of bereavement. This position reports to the Nursing Director.
Qualifications: The Hospice RN should be a graduate from an accredited school of nursing, and they should be currently licensed as a registered nurse to practice in the state of Illinois. The Hospice RN must have the ability to:
- Work independently
- Make accurate, and at times, quick judgments
- Supervise others appropriately
- Respond appropriately to crisis outside of a hospital setting
- Accept and adapt to different social, racial, cultural, and religious modes
- The Hospice RN must complete the Hospice Training Program.
- The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of experience as an RN, and will preferably have active patient contact within the past three years.
- Ensures continuous assessment of the patient/caregiver and coordinates activities with the patient/caregiver, other members of the interdisciplinary group, and other organizations involved in the patient's care.
- Provides the nursing services as specified in the patient's IDG plan of care.
- Provides dietary counseling.
- Provides hospice nursing services, treatments, and preventive procedures.
- Initiates nursing procedures appropriate for the patient's hospice care and safety.
- 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.
- Supervises and trains other nursing service personnel.
- Develops and re-evaluates the patient/family care plan in conjunction with IDO to meet needs and maintain continuity of care.
- Performs specific nursing procedures as needed (e.g., treatments, management of symptoms) following doctor's orders.
- Attends team conferences.
- Maintains records as required by hospice.
- Follows the policies and procedures of hospice. Observes confidentiality and safeguards all patient-related information in compliance with HIPAA regulations.
- Communicates to supervisor if unable to meet a patient's need or perform a procedure.
- Participates in on-call system and is responsible for providing on-call coverage when unavailable for assigned duties.
- Agrees to maintain skills and knowledge.
- Works as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide patient care.
- Coordinates the implementation of the plan of care for patients residing in SNF, NF, ICF, or MR.
- Organizes work schedule and utilizes time management to be able to attend all required meetings.
- Complies with agency infection control policies and protocols.
- Assists with orientation, teaching, and training as requested.
- Performs other duties as assigned by Director.
- Performs functions as requested by supervisor(s) that are related to the business interests of Home Bound Healthcare Hospice.
Visiting staff must have a valid driver’s license and current driver’s insurance coverage.
We check all employee references, perform mandatory criminal background checks on all direct care staff, and offer ongoing in-service training.
All of this helps ensure that our patients are cared for in a safe and productive manner.
For an application send an email to Employment@HBHHospice.com or apply online.
Or call the Agency directly at 630-914-5140.