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Palliative Care RN

Company: The Elizabeth Hospice Inc.
Location: Escondido
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Job Description:

OVERVIEW

The Elizabeth Hospice is San Diego s oldest non-profit hospice of 40 years. We are growing and looking for talented individuals to join our high performing team and support our mission. We serve all of San Diego county and south Riverside county with multiple hospice office locations.



The Elizabeth Hospice is currently offering a $5,000.00 sign-on bonus for all full-time field RN positions.



Our Mission: To enhance the quality of life for those nearing the end of life s journey and for those who grieve.



We place a high importance on our employees and reward staff in several ways such as:

* Competitive hospice industry compensation

* Benefits package with multiple plan offerings and generous employer contribution

* 401(k) Retirement plan with employer match

* Supportive work culture which encourages work life balance

* Substantial Paid Time Off, paid holidays & birthday benefit

* Employee development program managed by in-house education department to support individualized orientation and professional growth needs.

* Tuition Reimbursement program

* Monthly mileage reimbursement

* Employee Referral Program

* Business casual attire for office staff

RESPONSIBILITIES

Primarily responsible for providing professional nursing care to assigned patients. Initiates, establishes, develops and maintains professional relationships between the Palliative Care Program and various referral sources, e.g., hospitals, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, RCFEs, etc., physician associations and independent medical clinics/offices in order to assure a consistent base and flow of patient referrals across the life span. Takes a pro-active role in helping to grow the Palliative Care census. Effectively collaborates with admission team to assist in implementation and Educates the medical community about the benefits of palliative care services. Displays an ongoing commitment to excellence in customer service to both internal and external customers.



JOB DUTIES/KNOWLEDGE/JOB PERFORMANCE:

* Proactively facilitates the palliative care referral process while prioritizing patient needs. Maintains good public relations with community referral sources, managing time effectively

* Effectively collaborates with the hospital based TEH palliative care physician to assist in implementation and coordination of services for discharge of patients from hospitals into TEH s program of care, maintains a strong customer service approach.

* Collaboratively works with the Admissions and the palliative care department to troubleshoot real or perceived problems identified by referral sources and resolve customer complaints.

* Completes admission of patients to TEH palliative care program in coordination with the referral source patient and family. Completes community based palliative care field admissions as needed and situation indicates.

* Develops written plan of care in coordination with an Interdisciplinary Team (IDT).

* Oversees implementation of plan, evaluates and changes plan as necessary to meet patient/family needs.

* Demonstrates competencies with excellent nursing skills and care planning while providing direct patient care.

* Assesses patient/family need for psychosocial support and implement services (i.e. Chaplain, MSW, volunteer) as indicated

* Works effectively and collaboratively with the medical and clinical staff and community physicians by evaluating and assisting patient/families with the appropriate plan of care.

* Establishes, builds and nurtures relationships with various identified sources in the local and regional medical community including community hospitals. Participates in in-service and marketing activities as needed.

* Maintains timely patient documentation using point of care electronic charting.

* Provides goals of care information to patient and family; documents for the team the wishes of the patient and assists with the completion of POLST, DNR as requested by family.

* Introduces the concept of hospice at the appropriate time and refer to hospice if needed/desired by the patient/family. May complete hospice admissions.

* Assesses patient/family need for psychosocial support and implement services as needed

* Communicates all changes to IDT and community physician.

* Manages end of life symptoms proactively.

* Participates in training and mentoring of new staff.

* Keeps current with all department policies and procedures.

* Other job duties as assigned.





Work Hours: Monday- Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Bachelor s Degree in nursing; certification as hospice and palliative care nurse preferred. One year in acute care setting or equivalent combination of education and experience required. 1-2 Years Hospice/palliative care experience preferred.

* Current CA professional license.

* Demonstrated ability to work effectively with patients, physicians, community agencies and institutions. Interest and expertise in marketing preferred.

* Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with members of the hospice interdisciplinary team.

* Proficient computer skills required.

* Demonstrated ability to multi-task, and manage crisis situations.

* Current driver s license with proof of insurance.

* Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.



"The Elizabeth Hospice is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Keywords: The Elizabeth Hospice Inc., Escondido , Palliative Care RN, Healthcare , Escondido, California

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