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Registered Nurse - Hospice

Registered Nurse - Hospice

Job Description


Registered Nurse Hospice

Summary of Registered Nurse :

Under the general supervision of the RN Manager, she/he provides intermittent skilled nursing services; communicates the patient’s progress with other disciplines and directs, supervises and instructs non-professional hospice aide staff in the provision of personal care to the patient.

Responsibilities of Registered Nurse includes:

  • Under the physician’s order, admits patients eligible for hospice services.
    • Assess and evaluates patient needs/problems, identifies mutually agreed upon goals with patients.
    • Reports patient status and need for other disciplines to agency intake coordinator, RN Manager and referring physician.
  • Develops patient care plan that specifically addresses identified patient problems; nursing problems and goals. Updates care plans on an ongoing basis; revises and resolves patient problems and goals as changes occur and/or recertification.
    • Admit paperwork and patient care plan submitted to RN Manager within 2 days following the admit.
    • Assures that all admit paperwork is completed in full at time of submission for timely data entry of IDG/POC information.
  • Provides intermittent Skilled Nursing services including assessment, evaluation, procedures, teaching and training activities as outlined in the patient IDG Plan of Care.
    • Provides Skilled Nursing visits according to visit schedule and notifies agency of need to alter schedule in any way.
    • Reports significant findings to patient’s physician and RN Manager as they occur.
  • Submits completed skilled nursing notes; communication notes and hospice aide supervisory notes per policy.
  • Submits change orders within 48 hours of occurrence.
  • Submits recertification paperwork by the due date provided by the RN Manager.
    • Schedules an IDT meeting with assigned RN Manager to review patient’s needs, problems, level of care and any changes in Plan of Care for next cert period.
    • Completes communication note documenting plans for recertification were discussed and agreed upon between the physician, patient, and RN Manager.
    • Completes other required documents for recertification: new Medication Profile, updates Care Plan, and updates or completes new Hospice Aide Plan of Care, if applicable.
    • Performs hospice aide supervisory visit at least q 2 weeks and once per cert period with hospice aide present.
  • Effectively communicates with all members of the healthcare team.
  • Acts as the patient’s advocate and as such is a liaison to assist in communicating the patient’s needs to the multidisciplinary team.
  • Supervises the hospice aide every 14 days. Provides direction and instruction as it relates to provision of personal care and related support services.
    • Completes documentation on hospice aide supervisory notes.
    • Reports identified performance related problems; patient complaints and/or deviation from the Hospice Aide instruction sheet to the RN Manager.
  • Acts as a preceptor in the orientation of new nursing staff.
  • Attends staff meetings and educational in-services per agency requirements.
    • Continually strives to improve nursing care by broadening knowledge through formal education, attendance at workshops, conferences and participation in professional and related organizations and individual research reading.
    • Obtains CEU’s as dictated by the State Board of Nurses.
    • Attends at least 50% of the skilled nurse in-services and meetings provided by agency.
    • Is responsible for obtaining information provided at skilled nurse in-services and meetings and demonstrates appropriate follow-up related to information given at meetings and in-services.
  • Participates in PI program through submission of data collection as it relates to direct patient care problems and serving on PI teams.
  • Follows agency policies and procedures.
  • Participates in discharge planning process.
  • Documents Discharge Planning beginning with admit and documents at least 2 weeks in advance instructions given related to discharge.
  • Completes:
    • Patient Care Plan
    • Discharge Nurse’s Note and submits them along with other notes turned in per agency policy.

Job Requirements


Registered Nurse Hospice

Requirements for Registered Nurse includes:

  • Is currently licensed in the state of practice or in accordance with the Board of Nurse Examiners rules for Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), and
  • One year experience as a professional hospice nurse preferred
  • Ability to work in a field setting and exhibited ability to make sound nursing judgments
  • Ability to assess patient needs and formulate individualized patient care plans to meet those needs.
  • Effective communication skills
  • Must have and maintain an automobile to be used for work.



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Job Snapshot

Other Pay Excellent per visits rates and paid mileage!
Employment Type Per Diem
Job Type Nurse, Health Care
Education 2 Year Degree
Experience 1 years
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Healthcare - Health Services, Managed Care
Required Travel Up to 50%
Job ID PRN-RN-Ytown-Hospice
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Registered Nurse - Hospice


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