This individual is responsible for performing professional nursing activities in accordance with VNA/Hospice programs.
Demonstrates excellent customer service performance in that his/her attitude and actions are at all times consistent with the standards contained in the Vision, Mission and Values of Covenant HealthCare and the commitment to Extrordinary Care for Every Generation.
Contributes to organization success targets for patient satisfaction and net operating margin. Models Covenant's Mission, Vision and Values of keeping our Promise of Caring and Commitment to Service Demonstrates excellent customer service. Contributes to organization success targets for patient satisfaction and net operating margin. Provides skilled nursing care and treatments prescribed by the physician, as part of an interdisciplinary team (I.DT.), for their hospice patients at home; demonstrates teaches and supervises the patient and caregiver regarding care provided. Initiates preventive, supportive, palliative, and rehabilitative nursing procedures appropriate for patients and safety. Assists family/caregiver to accept responsibility. Assists in coordinating patient/family care with other members of the hospice team. Also helps to achieve continuity of individualized care by planning and exchanging necessary information within the agency and with other health and social agencies. Identifies physical and emotional needs of patients and family through observation and analysis of records. Evaluates the nursing needs of patients on a regular basis. Participates in bereavement follow-up as appropriate. Maintains records in accordance with agency requirements. Develops and implements the nursing care plan with input from the I.DT., patient and family. Participates as a team member regarding the patient/families plan of care. Observes, evaluates, records and reports to physician the patients physical and emotional condition and reactions to medications and treatments. Responsible for renewal of orders as indicated. Interprets to patient/family the agency and Hospice program. Represents VNA/Hospice. Serves on agency committees as requested. Teaches basic principles of healthful living. Participates in inservice education and other opportunities for learning and upgrading professional skills. Evaluates own performance and plans for professional growth. Supervises activities of para-professional staff. Exercises independent judgement but utilizes supervisory help as necessary. Oasis information will be collected as mandated federally following agency guidelines. Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Current licensure with Michigan State Board of Nursing. BLS required. Two years experience in nursing following graduation. Homecare, ICU, Emergency, Hospice experience preferred.
KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Comprehensive knowledge and skill in current nursing practice. Knowledgeable regarding hospice concept of care. Demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the dying and their families. Able to recognize self-limitations in dealing with the dying. Computer skills. Able to work with the dying and their families in a constructive, therapeutic manner. Ability to be flexible to manage a caseload of patients yet able to perform duty needed at any given time. Valid Michigan driver's license, reliable transportation and proof of insurance required.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards. Frequent standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, squatting, twisting, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, talking, hearing, and tasting/smelling. Frequent near vision, midrange vision, far vision, depth perception, visual accommodation, color vision and field of vision. Frequent lifting up to 50 lbs. Occasional lifting 51-100 lbs.
NOTICE REGARDING LATEX SENSITIVITY IN APPLICANTS FOR EMPLOYMENT.
It has been determined that Covenant HealthCare cannot provide a latex safe or latex free work environment at any of its facilities. Unfortunately, that means that any individual, including an applicant or an employee, is likely to be exposed to latex while on Covenant's premises. Therefore, latex tolerance is considered to be an essential function for any position with Covenant.
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