To administer skilled nursing patient centered care in accordance with policies and procedures of the agency, under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN).
Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Patient Care
- Acts as the patients advocate and protects patient’s confidentiality.
- Demonstrates knowledge regarding special needs and behaviors of age specific groups and demonstrates proficiency in required age specific competencies.
- Demonstrates knowledge of medical disease process, surgical procedures, psychosocial behavior, and nursing care theory and practice.
- Reviews physician orders, plan of care, plans for the next visit, previous documentationas needed and any pertinent lab results prior to providing patient care.
- Performs patient care according to plan of care and MD orders within scope of practice.
- Counsels and instructs patients and caregivers in meeting nursing and related needs.
- Encourages and moves patients/caregivers towards independence and self-
- management of patient’s care.
- Utilizes Best Practices as available in all aspects of patient care
- Utilizes agency Disease Management programs as part of patient education.
- Able to communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with co-workers, managers and office staff.
- Acts as a resource for patients to ensure understanding and compliance of the treatment plan particular to their unique disease state.
- Participates in interdisciplinary case conferences, in-service programs, and committee meetings.
- Communicates to Case Manager, physicians and or Director of Patient Care Services changes in the patient condition and needs, or those of the family /patient representative.
- Prepares complete, concise and clear documentation of nursing interventions, patient’s response to treatment, changes in patient condition and coordination with other services.
- All documentation is completed timely within agency policies
- Effective oral and written communication skills for reporting and recording clinical findings.
- Participates in age specific educational and training programs.
- Participates in QI process as requested in UR, chart audits, and QI committees.
- Participates as a preceptor for LVN’s
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the nursing procedures required in home health nursing with scope of practice.
- Thorough knowledge of agency’s policies, procedures and practices
- Effective oral and written communication skills with Case Managers / Director of Patient Care Services (DPCS) and patient/caregivers as appropriate.
- Strong clinical skills
- Strong critical thinking skills
- Basic computer skills required
- Organization – must demonstrate basic ability to maintain schedule of home visits and complete paperwork according to agency procedures.
- Must have good communication skills and have the ability to connect with patients and families in a kind and compassionate way.
- Ability to project and maintain professionalism in all aspects of patient’s care
- Ability to function independently seeking assistance when appropriate
- Ability to take ownership of providing patient care according to plan of care, communicate with physician and case manager as needed.
- Ability to understand basic Home Health regulations and financial impact of care being provided.
- Ability to oversee that all aspects of the patient’s care meets all regulations, and that payment is authorized as required.
AVH Values: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these values:
- Patients Come First – We listen actively and communicate with our patients and families, placing safety as a top priority.
- Accountability & Ownership – We fully complete tasks, are transparent, effectively communicate, and recognize that what we do reflects on us.
- Teamwork – We build trusting relationships, promote a sense of community, and are respectful of everyone. Success is about the whole team.
- Integrity & Honesty – We tell the truth at all times, speak up when something is wrong, and do the right thing when no one is looking.
- Excellence – We take pride in our work, are goal-oriented, and on a never-ending quest for top tier quality.
- Initiative & Innovation – Our can-do attitudes, creativity, and resourcefulness empower us to improve the patient’s experience, solve our own problems, make timely decisions, and look for opportunities to add value.
- Tenderness & Compassion – We have genuine empathy, show kindness, and encourage and advocate for each other.
Education and Experience:
- Must have successfully completed an approved LVN training program.
- At least 1 year recent relevant clinical experience as an LVN in an acute hospital setting or subacute setting (Skilled Nursing Facility and / or Long Term Rehabilitation Center).
- Home Health experience preferred.
- Must have strong clinical skills in order to function independently in the field.
Required Licensure and/or Certifications:
- Current licensure as an LVN in California.
- Certification in drawing labs.
- Current CPR certification
- Maintains a valid California driver’s license and evidence of current auto insurance.
AVH Conduct/Compliance Expectations:
- Ability to adhere with AVH Absenteeism and Tardiness Policy
- Ability to adhere with AVH Leaves of Absence Policy
- Ability to adhere with AVH Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy
- Ability to adhere with AVH Recording of Hours Worked Policy
- Ability to adhere to the department dress code
- Ability to organize work and establish priorities
- Ability to expand on own initiative in performance of duties
- Skill and ability to follow the telephone etiquette/standards
- Conforms to AVH Standards of Excellence
- Ability to function effectively under pressure and meet time parameters
- Ability to communicate effectively while maintaining good working relationships with co-workers, managers and other hospital staff
- Ability to adhere to the normal standards of courtesy and conduct as defined under the rules of hospitality at AVH
- Ability to maintain the confidentiality of patient, hospital and department information
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Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents.
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