RN, Admissions - Pool
Good Shepherd Hospice, Inc. - Lakeland, FL

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As a compassionate non-profit organization since 1983, Chapters Health System is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by advancing age or illness. Through our comprehensive system of healthcare choices, we deliver expert care and heartfelt support to guide the community during the aging and end-of-life journey.
From hospice and palliative care for adults and children suffering with life-limiting illnesses to in-home and community-based services for frail but independent seniors, Chapters Health offers a wide range of support services along life’s ever-changing landscape.
We’ll help you navigate your individual experience – empowering you with more choices, education and guidance for these important chapters of life.

As part of the Interdisciplinary Group (IDG), the Admissions RN conducts the initial admission process for patients referred for hospice services. S/he initiates the plan of care based on identified immediate needs, and communicates with the IDG.

• Current Florida license as RN, or current licensure from another state plus a temporary Florida permit.
• Valid driver’s license and automobile insurance in the State of Florida.
• Reliable transportation to meet visit schedule.
• Minimum one (2) year’s RN experience where physical assessment skills were utilized
• Ability to use equipment with visual and auditory mechanisms.
• Ability to effectively communicate in English.
• Flexible schedule to meet the needs of hospice patients.
• Ability to physically access any home i.e. navigate stairs and narrow spaces, tolerate heat and lack of air conditioning, in any area Company serves.
• Ability to manage the emotional stress of working with and caring for terminally ill patients and their families.
• Ability to perform the essential functions and physical requirements (including, but not limited to: lifting patients and/or equipment, bending, pushing/pulling, kneeling) of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
• RN, Preceptor: one (1) year's experience as an Admissions RN preferred, with demonstration competence in assessment and in depth understanding of Company systems.
• Satisfactorily complete competency requirements for this position.
Responsibilities of all employees:
• Represent the Company professionally at all times through care delivered and/or services provided to all clients.
• Comply with all State, federal and local government regulations, maintaining a strong position against fraud and abuse.
• Comply with Company policies, procedures and standard practices.
• Observe the Company's health, safety and security practices.
• Maintain the confidentiality of patients, families, colleagues and other sensitive situations within the Company.
• Use resources in a fiscally responsible manner.
• Promote the Company through participation in community and professional organizations.
• Participate proactively in improving performance at the organizational, departmental and individual levels.
• Improve own professional knowledge and skill level.
• Advance electronic media skills.
• Support Company research and educational activities.
• Share expertise with co-workers both formally and informally.
• Participate in Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement activities as appropriate for the position.
Job Responsibilities:
• Assess patient/family and identify immediate needs including assessing psychosocial, spiritual care, and volunteer, and make appropriate referrals, as needed.
• Initiate the plan of care that accurately reflects the patient’s immediate needs.
• Evaluate patient/family for hospice admission, utilizing approved criteria and procedures.
• Demonstrate clinical skills regarding: application of company policy and procedure, physical assessment, symptom management, and patient/family relationships.
• Consult, refer, and collaborate with other professionals to promote quality and continuity of patient/family care.
• Take verbal orders from physicians, ARNPs and physician’s assistants.
• Educate patient, family, caregivers and other health professionals about disease process and decline, palliative interventions, care giving, dying process and safety practices.
• Provide information regarding available community resources and other referral sources when hospice care may not be appropriate.
• Provide timely and consistent feedback to referral sources, physicians, and patient/families.
• Maintain regular contact with social workers, ALFs, nursing homes and other referral sources to facilitate the admission process.
• Accept responsibility and is accountable for nursing actions: demonstrate an understanding of the legal consequences of nursing actions; request supervision when needed; perform within the guidelines established by the Florida Nurse Practice Act.
• Document assessment, plan, and intervention on appropriate Company forms with accuracy, timeliness, legibility, professional terminology and awareness of legal and regulatory implications.
• Document patient condition and decline to support hospice and level of care appropriateness.
• Present concise and pertinent oral and written reports to IDG; respect and encourage input from all disciplines.
• Provide hospital with a copy of the hospice plan of care when patient will remain in the hospital after date of hospice admission.
• Schedule staff/provide coverage/assistance to department as needed and as acuity dictates to ensure continuity of care to all patients.
• Communicate accurately and completely to physicians, staff members, patients, families, and supervisors; utilize positive approaches when working with others.
• Exemplify behaviors supportive of internal mission statement.
• Participate in orienting new staff, students, volunteers and board members.
• Participate on committees and projects, as assigned.
• Act as a resource to peers, students, orientees and other staff members.
• Participate in activities and professional development that enhance hospice nursing skills.
• Participate in the broad education process of the Company, both to the medical and lay communities.
Professional Development
• Pursue own professional growth through attendance at required in-services and other educational offerings.
• Establish professional goals for self and continually evaluate self in the attainment of these goals.
• Utilize supplies, equipment, medications, laboratory and patient therapies within the Company philosophy.
• Employ palliative and home care management modalities in care of the patient prior to hospitalization or to promote hospital discharge planning.
• Demonstrate knowledge of payment structures and paperwork necessary to change financial classes.
• Duties as assigned by the Admissions Manager.*
Additional RN, Preceptor Responsibilities:
• Plan, coordinate, and carry out educational opportunities for orientee(s).
• Explain the role and performance expectation for the admission nurse in the hospice setting.
• Assist the orientee to identify learning needs.
• Plan for and provide relevant learning experiences to orientee(s) involving the clinical supervisor, senior preceptor and other staff, necessary.
• Orient new nurses to their roles within the department and IDG.
• Evaluate competence of orientee utilizing orientation competency checklist.
• Provide prompt and consistent feedback, identifying areas in need of further development to the new nurse and the clinical supervisor.
• Coordinate activities with other nursing preceptors to maintain consistency in practice, establish relationships, and broaden the scope of the program.
• Provide input to clinical leadership and educators regarding patient care experiences for orientation.
•Participate in Nurse Preceptor Meetings.

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