Nurse Practitioner Hospice and Palliative Care (NP)
Company: Agape Care Group
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Want tomake a difference withan organization whose purpose
driven mission is to provide superior compassionate care? This may
be the place for you!!When you profoundly impact someones life for
the better, its hard to call it a job. We see it as a calling! You
are about to be part of something bigger. Here, youll 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. Youll 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 acommunity based hospice with local
staff serving the local community inSouth 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 Practitioners 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, & oncology 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 patients Bill of Rights and
upholds patients 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 CEUs 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.Minimum
Qualifications/Requirements: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
Keywords: Agape Care Group, Rock Hill , Nurse Practitioner Hospice and Palliative Care (NP), Other , Catawba, South Carolina
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