REGISTERED NURSE - HOSPICE

HEARTS & HANDS HOSPICE

PIONEER MEDICAL CENTER

JOB DESCRIPTION

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JOB TITLE;    Hospice Registered Nurse (R.N.)

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REPORTS TO:  Director of Nursing              EVALUATESHospice Health Aide

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PURPOSE/DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

Provides and supervises the delivery of high quality hospice care in an independent role. Understands and utilizes the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation, and theoretical/clinical skills.  Assumes responsibility and accountability for the quality of nursing care delivered in hospice setting.  Directs the activities of nursing and ancillary care givers while maintaining standards of professional care.

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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

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           1.   Supports and practices the mission and philosophy of PMC.

     2.   Demonstrates positive, supportive , and caring behaviors in communication with patients/residents, families, visitors, providers, staff, and others.

     3.   Utilizes performance improvement principles to assess and improve quality.

     4.   Utilizing a holistic approach, incorporates the nursing process into the plan of care for the patient/resident.  Plan of care includes biophysical, psychosocial, environmental, self care, educational, and discharge planning.

           5.   Plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, and documents safe, therapeutic patient/resident care consistent with hospice goals, mission statement, and PMC policies and procedures.

            6.  Identifies and anticipates problems concerning safety and infection control issues and initiates appropriate action.  Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental, and outside agency safety standards relevant to job performance. Participates and offers input in Quality Assurance activities.

     7.  Maintains appropriate skill/knowledge of commonly used nursing equipment,                       pharmacological principles, laboratory values, disease processes, and                                         physiological principles.

     8.   Develops collaborative relationships with providers, physicians assistants, and nurse practitioners to enhance quality practice.

    10.  Takes responsibility for identification of own professional growth and                                  development needs; meets all hospice/departmental educational requirements.

  1. Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the hospice organization.

HOSPICE DUTIES

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE OF:

1.  Regulatory standards.

2.  Policies and procedures.

3.  Interpersonal skills necessary in order to instruct and comfort patients/residents and their families, and maintain effective contacts with a variety of health care providers.

4.  Confidentiality requirements.

5.  Residents rights.

6.  Montana nurse practice standards

SKILL IN:

1.         Planning and organization.

2.         Providing instructions.

3.         Effective time management.

4.         Analytical skills necessary to implement effective nursing care and develop solutions to problems concerning residents/patients mental and physical well-being.

5.         Ability to think quickly and respond appropriately in an emergency.

6.         CPR certified within six months of hire.

ABILITY TO:

1.         Incorporate cultural and age appropriate care into all aspects of communication and patient care.

2.         Utilize time management concepts to make efficient use of time.

3.         Provide instructions in a clear and easily understood manner.

4.         Visual and auditory ability to assess patient conditions and report findings.

5.         Work independently.

6.         Work with frequent interruptions.

7.         Work effectively with nursing, allied health and medical personnel.

8.         Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbal and written.

9.         Establish and maintain collaborative relationships.

10.       Read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

11.       Frequently stand, sit, lift, bend, push, and move intermittently during twelve hour shifts.

12.       Lift 50 pounds and assist with lifting and transporting of patients.

13.       React professionally when dealing with difficult or emergency situations.

COMPLEXITY & DIFFICULTY:

1.         Professional behavior when dealing with difficult situations .

2.         Resourcefulness in dealing with emergency situations.

3.         Required to be competent and knowledgeable in hospice principles.

4.         Practices within the scope of practice of RN licensure.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1.         Professional knowledge of nursing theory and practice acquired through an accredited school of nursing.

2.         Current Montana state license to practice as a registered nurse.

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WORKING CONDITIONS

Normal patient care environment in a long term care, acute care, and home settings.  Required to work varying shifts, weekends, and holidays.

Category I:  Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues.

Prepared On:  8-1-2011

Reviewed & Accepted:  Mary Ann Finnan, Hospice Program Manager

Effective Date:  8-1-2011

Employee Signature:  ___________________________  Date:  _________________

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements of the performance of this job.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

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