Registered Nurse (RN) - Inpatient Hospice Unit - PRN
Healthcare - Nursing
7458 Louis Pasteur Dr
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Why VITAS Healthcare and What Do They Offer Me?
VITAS Healthcare is the nation s leading provider of end of life care. We provide our employees opportunities for professional growth, advancement and competitive benefits.
The VITAS RN is a member of the interdisciplinary team who work together to meet the physical, medical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of hospice patients and families facing terminal illness and bereavement. The VITAS RN is designated to provide coordination of care, ensure continuous assessment of each patient's and family's needs and implementation of the interdisciplinary plan of care.
PRN, 8 hour shifts, must work a minimum of one shift per week.
Case Management and Supervision
Follows VITAS policies and standards (See VITAS Standards Manual) and practices within the scope of the RN license
Reports any request to practice outside of scope of license to the manager/supervisor
Supervision of (VITAS employed and contracted) nursing tasks delegated to Hospice Aides, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (and contracted Registered Nurses) and Volunteers per the plan of care
Completes initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments including physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and bereavement
Appropriately identifies/utilizes resources, referrals such as PT, OT, Home Health, Dietary, Pharmacy, Supplies, Home Medical Equipment, and other visits/consults
Completes documentation at the time of the event and at the location of care unless otherwise directed
Provides education to patients, families, caregivers and referral sources
Participates in patient care meetings as assigned
Participates in weekly team meetings
Provides effective communication/shift reports through written, verbal, reporting and body language
Participates in bereavement support
Participates in the on-call rotation and/or provides shifts during non-business hours such as evenings, weekends and holidays based upon program-identified needs
Provides visits/shifts in program coverage area
Develops, coordinates, and follows the patient's individualized plan of care
Appropriately delegates nursing tasks to Hospice Aides/Homemakers, Volunteers, and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses
Connecticut -For activities other than those listed in section 19 13D69(d)(3)of the Connecticut Department of Public Health delegated to a Hospice/Homemaker, the RN will document in the clinical record that:
All factors pertinent to the patient's safety, including the competence of the Hospice Aide/Homemaker have been assessed
Determination that this activity can be delegated safely to a Hospice Aide/Homemaker
Provides nursing care including nursing tasks that may be delegated to other roles such as LPNs, HHAs and Volunteers
Participates in and monitors patient and family care compliance activities
Professionally manages/coordinates the hospice plan of care
Provides and follows infection control practices
Delivers care in accordance with the patient's plan of care
Provides primary nursing care for inpatient and continuous care patients as assigned
Participates in the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program and related activities as assigned. This may include, but is not limited to
participation in Performance Improvement Project(s) (PIP)
Gathering clinical data which is used for quality measures
Develops and achieves professional growth goals and objectives personally and per Team Manager reviews
Responsible for attending orientation and regularly scheduled in-services/educational conferences as assigned
Participates in orientation of Hospice Aides, Volunteers and other IDG members as assigned
Participates in training activities internally within VITAS and externally as assigned
Maintains focus on the patient and family experience of care
Serves as a patient and family advocate
Reports patient/family/customer complaints to Team Manager
Participates in patient/family/customer conflict resolution as applicable.
Represents the nursing profession, the VITAS site/location and VITAS overall in a positive manner
Currently licensed as a RN in the state where the VITAS program is located.
A minimum of two years experience in hospice, home health, or community health experience in the last five years.