The Pool RN is responsible for assessing and identifying patient/family needs using a palliative and supportive nursing process for new and existing patients/families in coordination with the plan of care and Interdisciplinary Group (IDG).
- Current Florida license as RN, or current licensure from another state plus a temporary Florida
- Valid driver’s license and automobile insurance in the State of Florida.
- Reliable transportation to meet visit schedule.
- Minimum one (1) year in-patient nursing, hospice, or home health experience.
- Ability to use equipment with visual and auditory mechanisms.
- Ability to effectively communicate in English.
- Flexible schedule to meet the needs of hospice patients.
- Ability to manage the emotional stress of working with and caring for terminally ill patients and their families.
- Ability to perform the essential functions and physical requirements (including, but not limited to: lifting patients and/or equipment, bending, pushing/pulling, kneeling) of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Satisfactorily complete competency requirements for this position.
Responsibilities of all employees:
- Represent the Company professionally at all times through care delivered and/or services provided to all clients.
- Comply with all State, federal and local government regulations, maintaining a strong position against fraud and abuse.
- Comply with Company policies, procedures and standard practices.
- Observe the Company's health, safety and security practices.
- Maintain the confidentiality of patients, families, colleagues and other sensitive situations within the Company.
- Use resources in a fiscally responsible manner.
- Promote the Company through participation in community and professional organizations.
- Participate proactively in improving performance at the organizational, departmental and individual levels.
- Improve own professional knowledge and skill level.
- Advance electronic media skills.
- Support Company research and educational activities.
- Share expertise with co-workers both formally and informally.
- Participate in Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement activities as appropriate for the position.
- Assess patient/family and identify immediate needs and appropriate nursing interventions.
- Provide direct nursing care to patients and families as part of Interdisciplinary Group (IDG), incorporating psychosocial, spiritual, cultural, physical and biological components, and appropriate nursing intervention and follow-up.
- Demonstrate clinical skills regarding: application of company policy and procedure, physical assessment, intravenous therapies, pain medication titration, symptom management, and patient/family relationships.
- Consult, refer, and collaborate with other professionals to promote quality and continuity of patient/family care.
- Take verbal orders from physicians, ARNPs and physician’s assistants.
- Educate patient, family, caregivers and other health professionals about disease process and decline, palliative interventions, care giving, dying process and safety practices.
- Report changes in the patient’s condition to appropriate members of the IDG or other health professionals.
- Attend patient deaths; prepare body for transport; oversee disposal of medications.
- Provide appropriate bereavement interventions to the family and caregiver in conjunction with psychosocial staff.
- Accept responsibility and is accountable for nursing actions: demonstrate an understanding of the legal consequences of nursing actions; request supervision when needed; perform within the guidelines established by the Florida Nurse Practice Act.
- Document assessment, plan, intervention and evaluation on appropriate Company forms with accuracy, timeliness, legibility, professional terminology and awareness of legal and regulatory implications.
- Document patient condition and decline to support hospice and level of care appropriateness.
- Present concise and pertinent oral and written reports to IDG; respect and encourage input from all disciplines.
- Communicate accurately and completely to physicians, staff members, patients, families, and supervisors; utilize positive approaches when working with others.
- Supervise patient care given by other nursing team members; i.e., LPNs, hospice aides, and contract nurses.
- Exemplify behaviors supportive of internal mission statement.
- Participate on committees and projects, as assigned.
- Participate in activities and professional development that enhance hospice nursing skills.
- Pursue own professional growth through attendance at required in-services and other educational offerings.
- Establish professional goals for self and continually evaluate self in the attainment of these goals.
- Utilize supplies, equipment, medications, laboratory and patient therapies within the Company philosophy.
- Employ palliative and home care management modalities in care of the patient prior to hospitalization.
- Demonstrate knowledge of payment structures and paperwork necessary to change financial classes.
- Duties as assigned by the Clinical Manager.*