Hours: Full-time; primarily days
Education Requirements: A graduate from an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Iowa (or) a graduate from an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed as a Registered Nurse able to work in the state of Iowa.
Requirements: Required to be current in BLS (Basic Life Support) by the standards of the American Heart Association. Required to show proof of having completed Mandatory Reporter course at time of hire or attend within 6 months of start date. Must adhere to all training requirements as mandated by Federal, State, and Professional licensure and regulatory standards. Must have completed hospice and philosophy training. Belief and acceptance in hospice philosophy. Must have current Iowa driver’s license and maintain proper limits of vehicle insurance per policy manual.
Duties: Develops and carries out nursing care plan. Does initial physical assessment on assigned patients. Maintains patient records and observations in a complete, accurate and legible manner. Reports change in patient condition to Interdisciplinary Group (IDG). Prepares written initial patient evaluation and regular patient updates thereafter. Performs venipuncture or obtains lab specimens per doctor order. Notifies pharmacy and patient of medications and supplies for which hospice is responsible. Keep patient’s primary provider and consulting provider informed of patient’s condition. Attends bi-weekly IDG meeting, reports on patient status, and prepares written evaluation. Arranges for needed equipment and supplies in the home and instructs on their use. Deliver and pickup as necessary. Teaches signs and symptoms of approaching death to caregivers. Supervises homemaker/health aide involved in assigned patients. Assists caregiver and family in transition from patient care to bereavement. Writes discharge summary and closes patient chart after death or transfer to other care. Keeps record of equipment and supplies loaned out on assigned patients.
This position is primarily in home Hospice in Mahaska County but may include work in Serenity House. Home Hospice is primary day shift but may be required to work nights, weekends, and/or holidays in Serenity House or while covering call for home Hospice patients.
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