Job Description

The admission nurse is a member of the interdisciplinary team who provides nursing care as prescribed by the physician, in accordance with policies and procedures of Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care. The admission nurse renders care that is within professional practice standards in compliance with the medical plan of care, performs consultation and admission visit to assess patient’s needs, and completes admission assessment and contractual agreement documentation for Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care.
· Possesses understanding of the Hospice program and benefits.
· Obtains orders for and procures immediate medications and needed DME/supplies.
· Performs physical assessment of patients’ condition, safety, knowledge, pain and symptoms.
· Initiates the Plan of Care,
· Instructs on disease understanding, progression, and immediate interventions.
· Documents assessment, current medications and initiates appropriate care plans.

This is an on-call (PRN) position.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Candidate must be able to provide availability on weekly basis, as patient evaluations and admissions are scheduled as needed.  RN license is required.

Skills / Requirements

Licensure/Certification:

Registered Nursing License from the Arizona Board of Nursing Required and in good standing.

Experience:

One year previous hospice nursing experience required.

Possess and maintain valid Arizona driver’s license, a reliable automobile and evidence of appropriate liability insurance.

Knowledge of State and federal Medicare Hospice regulations.
Knowledge of terminal care criteria and end of life issues.
Demonstrate excellent communications and interpersonal skill.
Demonstrate adaptability, organization, attention-to-detail, thoroughness, responsibility and leadership qualities.
Minimum one-year RN experience, preferable in Hospice, home health, community health or Medical/surgical area.

Important Notes

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Obtains information from the referral department.
Explains the Medicare Hospice Benefit and obtains consent for care from the patient or the designated family member/POA when a patient is unable to sign.
Completes the initial Nursing Assessment and Plan of Care.
Evaluates the patient’s immediate needs for supplies, D.M.E, medications, and services and coordinates the provision of these services.
Serves as a consultant and resource for the hospice staff to facilitate continuity of care and enhance the quality of care for Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care patients. Adheres to patient rights.
Communicates patient and family concerns to the IDT members.
Assumes responsibility for compliance with state, federal and local regulations.
Accepts all assigned duties in a cooperative manner.
Attends monthly staff meetings, continuing education, and in-service programs.
Pursues on-going continuous education in hospice care and areas for self- improvement.
Works cooperatively with patients, families, nursing staff, physicians, consultant personnel and ancillary service providers.
Follows established standards of nursing practice and Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care policies and procedures.
Performs RN nursing visits, chart audits as directed by the V.P. of Clinical Operations needed.
Creates team spirit as demonstrated by professionalism and respect for team