A Hospice nurse is a professional registered nurse who provides quality nursing care to patients in accordance with recognized nursing techniques, procedures established standards, and administrative policies of Clearfield Hospital and Nursing Division through the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team. He/She is responsible for the administration of direct and indirect patient centered nursing care using nursing judgements based on the nursing process, scientific principles and nurse practice act. Responsible, as a member of the Hospice IDT, for planning, directing, controlling, observing and performing of nursing care to meet patient care needs and provide physicians with optimal service.
*Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS CLEARFIELD policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations
1. Plans, directs, monitors and evaluates patient care.
a. Performs assessments in an ongoing and systematic manner, focusing on physiologic, psychological and cognitive status. (Peer chart review)
b. Formulates a goal directed plan of care in cooperation with the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, which is prioritized and based on determined nursing diagnosis and patient outcomes.
c. Implements care in a knowledgeable, skillful, consistent and continuous manner by utilization of/adherence to pre-determined standards, which define the structure, process, and desired patient outcomes of nursing process.
d. Evaluates effectiveness of self, care given by all health care team members in progressing patients toward desired outcomes.
e. Identifies pt/so learning needs and implements teaching as needed.
2. Demonstrates advanced level problem solving skills and decision-making abilities.
a. Exercises judgement consistent with commonly accepted, current nursing practice.
b. Communicates with physicians and the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team routinely about patient care.
c. Appropriately notifies physicians, supervisor/nurse manager about patient problems.
d. Remains flexible in staffing patterns and resolution of staffing conflicts.
e. Seeks validation of knowledge base, skill level and decision making as necessary and assertively seeks guidance in areas of question.
3. Must be able to demonstrate competency to provide appropriate care to the age of the patients served in his/her assigned area. The skills and knowledge needed to provide such care must be gained through education, training or experience.
a. Identifies growth and development principles.
b. Demonstrates application of growth and development principles.
c. Demonstrates age-appropriate communication skills.
d. Assesses and interprets age-specific clinical data.
e. Provides patient care and performs treatments with age-specific considerations (i.e., equipment, medication administration.)
f. Involves family/significant other in plan of care.
General duties as directed.