registered nurse plans, organizes and directs hospice
experienced in nursing, with emphasis on community health
education/experience. The professional nurse builds
from the resources of the community to plan and direct services to
meet the needs of individual and families within their homes and
Completes an initial,
comprehensive and ongoing comprehensive assessment of patient and
family to determine hospice needs. Provides a complete physical
assessment and history of current and previous
nursing care by utilizing all elements of nursing
Assesses and evaluates
patient’s status by:
Writing and initiating plan
patient and family/caregiver needs
Participating in revising
the plan of care as necessary
Initiates the plan of care
and makes necessary revisions as patient status and needs
Uses health assessment data
to determine nursing diagnosis.
Develops a care plan that
establishes goals, based on nursing diagnosis and incorporates
palliative nursing actions. Includes the patient and the
family in the planning process.
preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures. Administers medications and
treatments as prescribed by the physician in the physician’s plan
Counsels the patient and
family in meeting nursing and related needs.
Provides health care
instructions to the patient as appropriate per assessment and
Assists the patient with
the activities of daily living and facilitates the patient’s
efforts toward self-sufficiency and optional comfort
Acts as Case Manager when
assigned by Clinical Supervisor and assumes responsibility to
coordinate patient care for assigned caseload.
Completes, maintains and
submits accurate and relevant clinical notes regarding patient’s
condition and care given. Records pain/symptom management
changes/outcomes as appropriate.
Communicates with the
physician regarding the patient’s needs and reports changes in the
patient’s condition; obtains/receives physicians’ orders as
Communicates with community
health related persons to coordinate the care plan.
Teaches the patient and
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 and
Works in concert with the interdisciplinary group.
Provides and maintains a
safe environment for the patient.
Assists the patient and
family/caregiver and other team members in providing continuity of
Works in cooperation with
the family/caregiver and hospice interdisciplinary group to meet
the emotional needs of the patient and family/caregiver.
Participates in on-call
duties as defined by the on-call policy.
Ensures that arrangements
for equipment and other necessary items and services are available.
personnel and delegates responsibilities when required.
Assumes responsibility for
personal growth and development and maintains and upgrades
professional knowledge and practice skills through attendance and
participation in continuing education and inservice
Fulfills the obligation of
requested and/or accepted case assignments.
Actively participates in
quality assessment performance improvement teams and
Graduate of National League
of Nursing accredited school of nursing.
Current licensure in
Registered nurses shall
have a minimum of (a) one (1) year of experience as a professional
nurse within the last three (3) years; OR have a baccalaureate
degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League
of Nursing and a current RN license. Minimum of two (2) years’
experience, at least one of which is in the area of public health,
home care, or hospice nursing is preferred.
Management experience not
for supervising hospice aides.