Hospice RN in 1936 West Point Pike at Acts Hospice

Date Posted: 6/5/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Join our team at Acts Retirement-Life Communities! Acts has been setting the standard for excellence in senior retirement living since 1972, with a vision founded in faith and guided by a commitment to integrity and loving kindness.

Summary Statement:

The Hospice RN is a member of the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) and is responsible to coordinate the implementation of each hospice plan of care. The Hospice RN ensures that the needs of the hospice participant and family are professionally and compassionately met according to the attending physician’s orders and the IDT Plan of Care. The Hospice RN also serves as an advocate and educator for improved care of all people who are terminally ill.

Essential Job Functions:

• Ensures provision of an interdisciplinary, individualized plan of care for each participant and family/caregiver unit, including assessment and management of pain and undesirable symptoms which affect comfort.
• As a member of the IDT, consults and collaborates with involved physicians, other IDT members and others involved in the participant’s care, to meet participant and family/caregiver needs.
• Assesses appropriateness for hospice admission in communication with the attending physician and medical director, based on documented evidence of end-stage illness, current assessment and other hospice criteria.
• Communicates about hospice services to prospective participants, families and referral sources as needed and ensures that informed consent is obtained prior to the initiation of hospice care.
• Documents physician verbal orders and RN assessment, goals, interventions, outcomes and evaluations provided.
• Supervises Hospice Home Health Aides and develops Home Health Aide plan of care.
• Provides on call nursing services on a rotational basis.
• Serves on committees that promote excellence in end of life care.
• Participates in hospice-related research planning and protocols as well as community education and in-service opportunities.

Job Requirements

Critical Skills and Knowledge Necessary

• The critical skills and knowledge required to successfully perform the functions of this position are normally obtained thru RN licensure in the state of Pennsylvania, pursuit or completion of a BSN degree, and 2-3 years RN experience in hospice or a transferable, clinical venue such as home care, geriatrics, or oncology. On the job training is required to learn hospice computer software and hospice policy and procedures. Certification in hospice and palliative nursing within two years of employment is strongly encouraged.

Physical Demands

• Lifting up to 20 pounds frequently.
• Sitting, walking, standing, stooping, crouching frequently.
• Able to reach from below knee to above shoulder.
• Able to hear and see and speak clearly.
• Ability to drive 1-2 hours per day.

Environmental Conditions

• May be exposed to blood, body tissue and fluids.

Hours of Operation

• 40 hours per week, additional hours may be necessary
• Standard 8 hour shift is 8:30am - 5:00pm
• Shared on call responsibilities