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PRN RN Home Team

We’re Hiring

If you want to be part of a growing team –and your passion is caring for people—then we want you!

PRN positions available for RNs & LPNs—various shifts, flexible scheduling

Job Title:  Home Hospice R.N.                                         

Years of Experience:  2 years in Nursing, preferred

Education Level:  Licensed to practice in KY                                              

FLSA Status:  Exempt and Non-exempt

FTE Status:  Full-Time/Part-Time/PRN   

Reports to:  Nursing Supervisor 

 

JOB SUMMARY                                                           

The R.N. is a member of the interdisciplinary team (IDT), working under the general direction of the ADCS, Director of Clinical Services and Medical Director to provide skilled nursing assessment, planning, and care to maximize the comfort and health of patients and families.  She/he identifies patient/family needs, and provides direct care in accordance with physician’s orders and the patient’s individual plan of care.  He/she must have a current RN license to practice in the state of KY.

 

ROLE

The RN is the case manager of the patients care, establishing the plan of care with direct input from the other members of the IDG, the physician, the patient and family/CG.  He/she helps establish the written patient record, directs other clinical staff with patient care, maintains contact with the patient’s physician for condition changes and/or medications, and reports to the DCS as warranted.    

 

RESPONSIBILITIES (not limited to)

  • To assume primary responsibility for patient/family assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing process.
  • To initiate communication with the physician, hospice staff members, and other agencies as needed to coordinate care and use of resources for the patient and family/caregivers.
  • To maintain regular communication with the Assistant DCS or Director of Clinical Services, especially for unusual or potentially problematic patient/family issues.
  • To maintain regular communication with the attending physician or medical director concerning patients and their families/caregivers.
  • To obtain data on physical, psychological, social and spiritual factors that may influence patient/family health status and incorporate data into the care plan.
  • To maintain up-to-date patient records so that problems, plan, action, and goals, are accurate and clearly stated and reflect changes, as they occur.
  • To seek input from the team members and families regarding the patient plan of care, to obtain additional knowledge and support.
  • To accept responsibility for coordinating physical care of the patient by teaching primary caregivers and employed caregivers on providing direct care.
  • To attend IDT meetings and facilitate discussion of issues for full staff review, consultation, and evaluation.
  • To supervise and document the home health aide every fourteen (14) days.
  • To assume the role of associate nurse when responding to patients/families of other staff nurses during on-call time, or as requested by the Assistant DCS and/or the Director of Clinical Services to fill patient/family needs during the absence of other staff nurses.
  • To share in providing 24-hour, seven-day a week on-call coverage to patients/families.
  • To provide appropriate support at time of death.
  • To participate in agency and community programs as requested to promote professional growth and understanding of hospice care.
  • To demonstrate familiarity with policies of the agency and rules and regulations of the State and Federal bodies which aid in determining policies.
  • To maintain confidentiality of patient and families at all times.
  • To promote hospice care and philosophy in community, as the situation arises.
  • To evaluate potential patients for hospice care in an alternative setting.
  • To comply with accepted professional standards and principles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

RESULTS

Quality patient and family care is the primary focus of the care of the hospice nurse.  The nurse promotes patient comfort and symptom control, to increase the quality of the final days of life for their patients.  These patients learn to trust their nurse and depend on him/her to achieve comfort and quality of life.  He/she is a strong patient advocate, and assists with completing last wishes/plans of the patient.

 

REQUIREMENTS

This position requires a current RN license to work in the state of Kentucky.   It is preferred, that the RN have two (2) years of experience as a nurse with a year preferably in an acute care setting.   Hospice or home health experience is a plus.  This position requires the ability to assess and respond to the needs of patients and their families, the ability to cope with patient/family emotional stress and tolerant of varying lifestyles, cultural and religious beliefs.  He/she must be able to exercise judgment and discretion in confidential matters and be willing to work closely with other professionals in a team setting.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

The RN is the manager of the patient care team, under the direction of the DCS and physician/Medical Director.  However, for quality patient/family care, he/she must work closely and effectively with the other members of the team.  These internal relationships are based on mutual trust and respect, with the focus on the patients and their families.  He/she will, also, need to cultivate other internal relationships, with secretaries, management, volunteers, etc.

This position may require developing relationships outside the hospice staff, including vendors and other professional healthcare staff.   The Hospice RN will be in the community eye and will need to promote and build these relationships.  These external relationships will help increase the use of hospice care and knowledge of hospice throughout the community, therefore helping many more people.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, stretching or lifting, and full range of body motion.  This position requires the ability to work under high stress conditions for long periods of time.  Requires corrected vision, ability to hear normal range of voice, drive, and negotiate steps, walkways or housing not designed for handicap access.  May require contact with individuals with communicable disease and body fluids.  Occasionally, requires maneuvering items weighing over 100 pounds.  Able to work in normal office environment, use office equipment, and prepare written reports.

PRN LPN Home Team

We’re Hiring

 If you want to be part of a growing team –and your passion is caring for people—then we want you!

 PRN positions available for RNs & LPNs—various shifts, flexible scheduling.

 

Job Title:  Home Hospice L.P.N.                                       

Years of Experience:  2 years in nursing

FTE Status:  PRN/Part-Time/Full-Time                        

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt            

Education Level:  Licensed to practice in KY               

Reports to:  Nursing Supervisor

 

JOB SUMMARY                                                         

The L.P.N. is a member of the interdisciplinary team (IDT), working under the general direction of the Medical Director, Charge RN, and Director of Clinical Services to provide skilled nursing assessment, planning, and care to maximize the comfort and health of patients and families.  She/he identifies patient/family needs, and provides direct care in accordance with physician’s orders and the patient’s individual plan of care.  He/she must have a current LPN license to practice in the state of KY.

 

ROLE

The LPN works under the direction of the RN.  He/she supports the work of the RN,  utilizing their clinical skills in the care of the patient and family and working closely with the rest of the IDG to meet patient and family needs. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES (not limited to)

  • To assume primary responsibility for patient/family assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation of the nursing process.
  • To initiate communication with the physician, hospice staff members, and other agencies as needed to coordinate care and use of resources for the patient and family/caregivers.
  • To maintain regular communication with the Charge RN or Director of Clinical Services, especially for unusual or potentially problematic patient/family issues, and/or patient caseload.
  • To maintain regular communication with the attending physician or medical director concerning patients and their families/caregivers.
  • To obtain data on physical, psychological, social and spiritual factors that may influence patient/family health status and incorporate data into the care plan.
  • To maintain up-to-date patient records so that problems, plan, action, and goals, are accurate and clearly stated and reflect changes, as they occur.
  • To accept responsibility for coordinating physical care of the patient by teaching primary caregivers and employed caregivers, and providing direct care.
  • To attend IDT meetings and facilitate discussion of issues for full staff review, consultation, and evaluation.
  • To provide appropriate support at time of death and the period of bereavement.
  • To participate in agency and community programs as requested to promote professional growth and understanding of hospice care.
  • To demonstrate familiarity with policies of the agency and rules and regulations of the State and Federal bodies which aid in determining policies.
  • To maintain confidentiality of patient and families at all times.
  • To promote hospice care and philosophy in community, as the situation arises.
  • To comply with accepted professional standards and principles.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

RESULTS

Quality patient and family care is the primary focus of the care of the hospice nurse.  The nurse promotes patient comfort and symptom control, to increase the quality of the final days of life for their patients.  These patients learn to trust their nurse and depend on him/her to achieve comfort and quality of life.  He/she is a strong patient advocate, and assists with completing last wishes/plans of the patient.

 

REQUIREMENTS 

This position requires a current LPN license to work in the state of Kentucky.   The LPN needs two (2) years of experience as a nurse with a year preferably in an acute care setting.   Hospice or home health experience is a plus.  This position requires the ability to assess and respond to the needs of patients and their families, the ability to cope with patient/family emotional stress and tolerant of varying lifestyles, cultural and religious beliefs.  He/she must be able to exercise judgment and discretion in confidential matters and be willing to work closely with other professionals in a team setting.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

The LPN is a member of the patient care team, under the direction of the Charge RN, DOCS, and/or physician/Medical Director.  However, for quality patient/family care, he/she must work closely and effectively with the other members of the team.  These internal relationships are based on mutual trust and respect, with the focus on the patients and their families.  He/she will, also, need to cultivate other internal relationships, with secretaries, management, volunteers, etc.

 

This position may require developing relationships outside the hospice staff, including vendors and other professional healthcare staff.   The Hospice LPN will be in the community eye and will need to promote and build these relationships.  These external relationships will help increase the use of hospice care and knowledge of hospice throughout the community, therefore helping many more people.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, stretching or lifting, and full range of body motion.  This position requires the ability to work under high stress conditions for long periods of time.  Requires corrected vision, ability to hear normal range of voice, drive, and negotiate steps, walkways or housing not designed for handicap access.  May require contact with individuals with communicable disease and body fluids.  Occasionally, requires maneuvering items weighing over 100 pounds.  Able to work in normal office environment, use office equipment, and prepare written reports.

Home Team CNA

We’re Hiring

 If you want to be part of a growing team –and your passion is caring for people—then we want you!

 PRN positions available for RNs & LPNs—various shifts, flexible scheduling.

 

The Home Team CNA role is a full-time position.

The Home Team CNA position requires a professional who is organized and detail-oriented.  This role communicates effectively, both with patients and families and the HSK team.

The Home Team CNA will be a valued member of the HSK Team and will have immediate access to fellow team members.

 

Job Title:  Hospice Aide                                                    

Years’ Experience: None

FLSA Status:  Nonexempt                                                         

FTE Status:  FT, PT or PRN

Education Level:  CNA Training and Certificate          

Reports to:  Nursing Supervisor 

 

JOB SUMMARY

An important member of the IDT, the Hospice Aide provides care to the hospice patient at a vulnerable time.  The patient depends on and puts great trust in this person.  One of the goals of the position is to make the patient feel clean and comfortable. 

ROLE

The Hospice Aide provides personal care, which includes bathing, dressing, hair care, and oral care, as the patient or caregiver desires.  His/her assignment is planned and directed by the RN. 

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES (but not limited to)

  • Personal care: bathing in the shower, tub or from a basin, shave upon request
  • Skin care: applying lotions and barrier creams, simple make up
  • Hair care: shampooing and drying, combing, brushing, simple styling
  • Oral care: brushing teeth, cleaning dentures, mouth care with swabs and chap stick
  • Nail care: cleaning, applying polish per pt request
  • Dressing patient, as directed by patient or caregiver
  • ROM exercises, as directed by the RN
  • Assist patient with ambulation, as directed by the RN
  • Turning and positioning patient
  • Feeding patient as needed
  • Changing bed linens
  • Straighten patient room
  • Documentation of care provided
  • Confidentiality
  • Attend IDT meetings, when possible
  • Maintain safe environment, reporting any concerns to the RN
  • Other duties as assigned

Responsibilities DO NOT include:  giving medications, discussing spiritual or psychosocial needs, getting involved in family decisions, nor sharing the aide’s own personal information or problems with the patient or family.

Other duties performed are to assist with care for the facility:

  • Removing dirty linen to linen cart
  • Removing trash from patient rooms and public areas
  • Straightening and cleaning the family kitchen, as needed
  • Restocking linens and supplies in patient rooms
  • Delivering food trays, on occasion

RESULTS

  1. Patient will be neat and clean
  2. Patient will be safe
  3. Assistance for the family or caregiver
  4. Well-kept facility

REQUIREMENTS (of Position)

  1. CNA training
  2. Time management and organization
  3. Strong interpersonal skills
  4. Good communication skills
  5. Must be a team player

 

RELATIONSHIPS

During the bathing process our patients are exposed, which makes them feel vulnerable.  This position requires tenderness and compassion to diminish these feelings, whenever possible.  When the patient feels safe, they feel less vulnerable, developing trust in the Hospice Aide and the RN.  The Hospice Aide is an important member of the team and needs to communicate with the team whenever there are changes in the patient’s condition or a decline in the patient’s abilities to assist with their own care.  These findings are significant and may help justify the patient’s appropriateness for hospice care.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, stretching or lifting, and full range of body motion.  This position requires the ability to work under high-stress conditions for long periods of time.  Requires corrected vision, ability to hear the normal range of voice, drive, and negotiate steps, walkways, or housing not designed for handicapped access.  May require contact with individuals with communicable diseases and body fluids.  Occasionally, requires maneuvering items weighing over 100 pounds.  Able to work in a normal office environment, use office equipment, and prepare written reports.

Intake Coordinator 2

We’re Hiring

 If you want to be part of a growing team –and your passion is caring for people—then we want you!

 PRN positions available for RNs & LPNs—various shifts, flexible scheduling.

 

The Intake Coordinator 2 role is a full-time position. Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.

The Intake Coordinator 2 position requires a professional who is organized and detail-oriented.  This role communicates effectively, both with patients and families and the HSK team.

The Intake Coordinator 2 will be a valued member of the HSK Team and will have immediate access to fellow team members.

 

Job Title:  Intake Coordinator                                           

Experience:  1-year nursing experience      

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt                                                     

FTE Status: Full-time and PRN

Education Level:  LPN/RN degree                                    

Reports to:  Nursing Director/Supervisor

 

JOB SUMMARY:

                                                           

The intake coordinator is responsible for the registration of incoming clients/patients and they are often the first employee that clients/patients/families encounter. The intake coordinator is responsible for the financial intake for each client referred and processing the information with appropriate department. The intake coordinator makes sure that all required information for new patients/clients is received and processed and that assignments are made with the appropriate admission nurse/team. The intake coordinator is also tasked with clerical duties such as managing paperwork (creating/opening new charts), handling data entry, engaging with and answering phones, medical supply inventory and ordering, assisting nurses and team managers with coordination calls to DME, pharmacies, physicians and other duties as assigned.

 

Individuals in this position should be able to work in a fast-paced environment and have the time-management and multitasking skills necessary to perform a variety of duties concurrently. Speaking with and collecting information from clients and referral sources requires strong interpersonal skills, and attention to detail. The intake coordinator should also have a solid understanding of hospice and palliative care services and knowledge of the different functions of each. The ability to operate basic computer software systems (Outlook, Consolo, Enclara, Excel) is also necessary.

 

He/she/They will have an impact on callers and staff, and needs a courteous manner with a working knowledge of hospice.

                                                                       

RESPONSIBILITY (not limited to)

  • Initiate contact to gather required clinical and demographic data from patient/client and referral sources
  • Review Referrals and verify all information (address where care will be delivered, primary contact/ care provider address)
  • Schedule admissions with appropriate nurse/team and complete necessary paperwork (payer)
  • Work with Team Manager to schedule team assignment
  • Provide coverage for receptionist when appropriate
  • Provide coverage for walk in referrals
  • Maintain a list of referral source contacts (individuals, facilities)
  • To assist with IDT meeting agenda and census as requested.
  • To prepare the patient roster for physicians and staff
  • To ensure Face to Face and Recertifications are scheduled timely
  • To assist with medical supplies (inventory, ordering)
  • To run reports as requested (SNF/ALF chart requests, facility profiles)
  • To contact physicians for orders, as needed
  • To send orders for medications and DME to appropriate company, as needed
  • To assist with uploading paperwork in patient charts, as needed, and ensuring that all required components of chart are filed timely.
  • To assist with computer data input, i.e. referrals.
  • To work closely with nursing supervisors.
  • To monitor on-call log and file in binder.
  • To be aware of available beds at the hospice house.
  • Reconciliation of DME/Supplies and Medications- Chart versus Invoice. (?)
  • To assist with scheduling and audits to ensure that all MD orders are carried out appropriately
  • Participate in call responsibilities (outside regular business hours/weekends) when required
  • Other duties as assigned

 

REQUIREMENTS (of Position)

  • Positive demeanor and speaking skills
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Excellent organization skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to travel for errands
  • Ability to handle sensitive information

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES

  • Resourceful, empathetic, compassionate
  • Takes initiative
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage clients/patients/families/referral sources
  • Exemplary and dedicated work ethic and professional at all times

 

Assessment of Intake Coordinator skills and competency

 

  • Weekly individual supervision
  • Ongoing monitoring of intakes, intake processes, and intake schedule

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS

Requires sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, stretching or lifting.  This position requires the ability to work under high stress conditions for long periods of time.  Ability to hear normal range of voice, drive, and negotiate steps, walkways or housing not designed for handicap access.  May require contact with individuals with communicable disease.  Able to work in normal office environment, use office equipment, and prepare written reports.