Nurse Practitioner - Hospice and Palliative Care (NP)
Company: Agape Care Group
Posted on: June 24, 2022
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driven mission is to provide superior compassionate care?
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When you profoundly impact someone's life for the better, it's hard
to call it a job. We see it as a calling! You are about to be part
of something bigger. Here, you'll find a career that means
something, an inspiring work environment, the opportunity to use
your skills to make a real difference and a sense of accomplishment
not easily replicated elsewhere. You'll be part of the Agape Care
family who is improving the quality of life for those facing
advanced illness by delivering a level of care that is second to
none! We are a community based hospice with local staff serving the
local community in South Carolina and named a four time winner of
"Best Place to Work in Healthcare!"
A licensed and credentialed Palliative Care Program Nurse
Practitioner (NP) provides diagnosis, treatment, consultation and
follow-up under the supervision of 1 or more physicians. The NP
provides age and specialty appropriate medical care at the level of
training achieved. A Nurse Practitioner is an extension of a
physician, being able to provide full hospice across all patient
types. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel
patients. Order and interpret test as indicated and recommend
treatment of patients. Administer therapeutic procedures. Prescribe
therapy or medication with physician approval. Nurse Practitioner's
work within a defined specialization which can be any type of
medical care, including, but not limited to: adult nursing,
community health nursing, family nursing, geriatric nursing, &
- Assesses assigned case load of hospice & hospice care patients
and families to identify the physical, psychosocial and
environmental needs of patients as evidenced by documentation,
clinical records, IDT reports, after hours reports , and on-site
evaluations. Meets all regulatory and accreditation requirements
related to the Plan of Care.
- Effectively identifies, evaluates, and addresses hospice and
chronic disease management issues of the population in the practice
while administering quality patient care.
- Provide full hospice care across all patient types.
- Able to maintain a full case load as directed by the
- Communicates significant findings, problems, and changes in
condition or environment to the Clinical Supervisor, physician,
facility and/or other personnel involved with patient care.
- Reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate Clinical
Supervisor, facility and physician in a timely manner.
- Responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of acute, chronic,
and long-term healthcare issues.
- Possesses strong clinical & people skills.
- Set effective goals and priorities and monitor progress against
- Determines proper approach to completing job. Avoid short cuts
that may affect job quality.
- Prioritize daily needs of the patients and requests of the
- Able to perform job duties in any facility and/or home
- Flexible in handling assignment changes.
- Able to complete tasks and work effectively without constant
- Works in an independent and interdependent relationship with
members of the medical staff, which allows for consultation,
collaboration, or referral.
- Channels suggestions, criticism and questions to appropriate
- Respond to suggestion and direction constructively.
- Administer therapeutic procedures. Prescribe therapy or
medication with physician approval.
- Effectively conducts a face to face assessment within time
frames set forth by CMS to determine hospice eligibility.
- Provides written clinical findings from face to face encounters
to the physician who is considering recertifying the patient.
- Participates in the implementation of the plan of care of an
assigned case load to ensure quality, continuity of care, and
achievement of patient outcome.
- Demonstrates competency in all levels of care for Hospice.
- Maintains legible, accurate, and confidential medical records.
Documents all medical evaluations, diagnoses, procedures,
treatment, outcomes, education, referrals and consultations
consistent with state regulatory standards.
- Educates patients and/or families about hospice care, medical
issues, and use of prescribed medical treatments and/or
- Maintains professional boundaries.
- Facilitates evaluation of records by physician(s), peers and
quality standards according to protocol and receives and implements
- Assures clinical notes indicate continuing communication and
coordination of services with physician, facility staff and team
- Demonstrates effective time management skills by completing
patient assignment within projected time frame and arriving to
appointments on schedule.
- Seek input from other team members regarding the patient plan
of care to obtain additional knowledge and support.
- Work with appropriate nursing facility staff, family members,
hospice staff & volunteers to provide care as indicated.
- Contact with internal and external customers (patients,
families, administration, nursing and physicians) emphasize
commitment to quality of service.
- Offers assistance to co-workers.
- Contribute teamwork without emphasizing own personal
- Provides an environment which promotes respect for patient,
privacy, and property.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the patient's Bill of Rights and
upholds patient's rights.
- Demonstrates compliance with accurate, timely and pertinent
information regarding the patient, family and caregivers.
- Accurate time, travel, and supplies are recorded of activity
during visits and completed by the end of each work day.
- Maintain up to date patient records so that problems, plans,
actions and goals are accurately and clearly stated and changes are
reflected as they occur.
- Ensures signature includes first name, last name and
credentials and is clearly legible on all visit notes.
- Practices accepted infection control principles.
- Follows all infection control guidelines and standards per
- Must follow proper technique when utilizing clean/dirty bag
- Demonstrates commitment and professional growth.
- Attends all required in-service programs within the review year
as assigned by management. Independently obtains CEU's as required
by licensure and provides a copy of same to human resources
- Seeks opportunities for professional growth, including
demonstrating the ability to receive constructive performance
feedback. Recognizes elements of patient and family systems that
are not amendable to change. Evaluates own effectiveness in
establishing and maintaining therapeutic relationship with clients,
team members and facility and seeks assistance of supervisor or
other resource persons.
- Participates in agency & community programs as requested to
promote professional growth and understanding of hospice care.
- Serve as staff liaison with nursing facility, medical
directors, director of nursing, attending physician and community
- Analyzes new knowledge gained from conferences, workshops,
professional literature, or "hands-on training" and assimilates
this knowledge into clinical practice.
- Promotes the Agency philosophy, mission statement and
administrative policies to ensure quality of care.
- Maintains patient & staff privacy and confidentiality at all
times pursuant to HIPAA Privacy Final Rule.
- Provides positive, supportive communication to physicians,
patients, families, facilities, visitors, and other agency
- Maintains availability by phone as directed by company
- Promotes Agency image by adhering to the dress code.
- Reports to work, facility and patient homes promptly as
- Handles the personal property of patients and their families
- Meets minimum productivity requirements based on agency
- Carries out the mission and values of Hospice.
- Abides by company policy and procedures as outlined by company
policy manual and rules & regulations of state & federal bodies
with aide in determining policies.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited Certificate, Diploma,
Associate or Baccalaureate School of Nursing.LICENSURE: Current
State License as a Registered Nurse. Certification as a Nurse
Practitioner.EXPERIENCE: 2 years experience within the last 5 years
in chronic disease management/long term care. Hospice background
preferred.SKILLS: Nursing skills as defined by accepted nursing
standards. Demonstrates ability to assess and respond to the needs
of patients, families and caregivers in varied settings and to
function effectively in the home or nursing facility environment.
Demonstrates skill in nursing practice, ability to cope with family
emotional stress and tolerance of individual lifestyles. Ability to
handle multiple priorities, documentation requirements and
deadlines.TRANSPORTATION: Reliable transportationHEALTH STATUS:
Meets all applicable agency policies and procedures related to
health screening and required testing.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:1. Complete required work
on a daily basis.2. Cope with work involving ill, disabled, and
dying patients.3. Sit, stand, bend, lift, and move intermittently.
Must be able to lift at least 25lbs and bear the weight of an
average adult effectively so as to be able to perform the above
listed functions.4. Move equipment and supplies necessary for job
functions.5. Read in a 12 point or larger type, speak and write
English in order to fulfill job functions in an understandable
way.6. See/hear or use prosthetics that enable accomplishment of
job.7. Meet the health requirements of the agency.8. Possible
exposure to infectious diseases.9. Abide by all occupational safety
and bloodborne pathogen protocol to minimize illness and/or
injury.10. Move, support and/or transfer patients as required to
perform essential functions of position.
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