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Hospice of the Valley provides comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care for the terminally ill as well as support services to the family. Hospice of the Valley works to increase community awareness of death and grief as a natural part of life.
SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
The RN provides skilled professional nursing care to the patient/family/caregiver as prescribed by the physician and in compliance with regulations as established by the State Board of Registered Nursing, the patient, and the policies of Hospice of the Valley.
The Standby Nurse covers evening and overnight shifts as well as weekends and holidays. The RN may visit patients at homes and in facilities across the tri-county service area to address client needs.
Qualifications - Minimum
Graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing. BSN preferred.
Currently licensed as an RN through the Ohio Board of Nursing.
At least two year's general nursing experience is required with current hospice, medical, surgical or critical care experience. Has experience with providing good pain management, IV skills preferred. Previous home care experience preferred.
Complies with accepted professional standards and principles.
Understands Hospice philosophy, principles of death/dying.
Possesses and maintains good physical stamina and mental health.
Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements and is in good working order.
Possesses and maintains current CPR certification.
Has excellent observation, good nursing judgment and communication skills. Ability to provide good written documentation in a timely manner.
Is self-directed with the ability to work with little supervision.
Is flexible and cooperative in fulfilling role obligation and has ability to work within an interdisciplinary team.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Seeks and obtains sufficient information necessary to function effectively in the hospice setting where patient/family/caregiver is requiring care.
Provides professional nursing care by utilizing all elements of nursing process.
Accepts on call duties according to on call requirements and job standards.
Initiates and sustains as needed the implementation of orders for medications and treatments as prescribed by the physician in the physician's plan of care.
Initiates and applies appropriate preventative and therapeutic nursing procedures and techniques and maintains communication regarding patient care with the physician and supervisory personnel.
Completes, maintains and submits accurate and relevant clinical notes regarding patient's condition and care given.
Uses supplies and equipment effectively and efficiently.
Observes the patient for changes in condition and reports these changes and the patient's/family's/caregiver's needs to the attending physician and appropriate supervisory personnel. Records pain/symptom management changes/outcomes as appropriate.
Assists the patient with the activities of daily living and facilitates the patient's efforts toward self-sufficiency and optimal comfort care.
Teaches the patient/family/caregiver self-care techniques as appropriate. Provides medication, diet and other instructions as ordered by the physician and recognizes and utilizes opportunities for health counseling with patients/families/caregivers. Works in concert with the other hospice interdisciplinary team members.
Provides and maintains a safe environment for the patient.
Assists the patient/family/caregiver and other team members in providing continuity of care.
Works in cooperation with the family/caregiver and Hospice interdisciplinary team members to meet the emotional needs of the patient/family/caregiver.
Supervises ancillary personnel and delegates responsibilities when required.
Performs within the limits of preparation and experience.
Accepts responsibility of assignment to perform a specialized procedure, such as IV therapy, only when qualified with specialty training, proven competency, clinical background, and expertise in the specialty area.
Performs clinical charting competency in EMR within standard expected by this Agency.
The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Hospice personnel are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as may be requested and/or required by their immediate supervisor. In addition, hospice personnel are expected to accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job related skills and abilities. All personnel must attend mandatory educational programs.
Hours per pay period: 64
On-call responsibilities weekend holiday and night rotation.
Shift and Job Schedule
Job Shift: Afternoons/Nights, Job Schedule: Full-Time
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is our policy to abide by all Federal and State laws, as well as, the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a), prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibiting discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.