Weekend On-Call Fri 5P-Mon 8A $5000 sign on bonus
Company: Traditions Health, LLC
Location: South Houston
Posted on: January 28, 2023
The Hospice On-Call Nurse responds to calls from patients,
families, caregivers, and referral sources. The nurse assesses,
utilizes critical thinking and gives advice or delivers care to
patients utilizing the nursing process of assessment, planning,
interventions, implementation, and evaluation; and effectively
interacts with patients, significant others, and other
interdisciplinary team members while maintaining standards of
professional nursing and clinical competency.
Education: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
Licensure: Valid license as a Registered Nurse. Current Basic Life
Support certification. Valid state Driver's License.
Experience: Hospice or Home Health experience is preferred. Minimum
one year of recent professional nursing experience.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Operating within the framework of policies and procedures,
state and federal regulations and the patients plan of care the
on-call nurse is responsible for the management and care of
Traditions Health patients after business hours
- Able to cope with emotional stress and be tolerant of
- Sensitive to the needs of patients with advanced illness and
families and one's own feelings about dying and death
- Must be able to work independently
- Good interpersonal skills
- Computer skills including Microsoft word and e-mail
Transportation: Reliable transportation and valid and current
driver's license and auto insurance. Staff will be required to work
in patient's homes and be responsible for own transportation.
Environmental and Working Conditions:
Works in customer's offices in various conditions. Ability to
travel to customer's locations, some overnight stays, some exposure
to unpleasant weather. Staff may be exposed to virus, disease and
infection from patients and specimens in working environment.
Physical and Mental Effort:
Prolonged sitting and some standing are required. Staff may
experience traumatic situations in the family setting. Occasional
need to lift, pull, carry and push items weighing up to 50 lbs to
carry laptop computer/peripherals and luggage. Requires working
under some stressful conditions to meet deadlines and agency needs.
Requires excellent problem- solving skills.
- The on-call nurse will be available by phone or pager to meet
the needs of the patients, as assigned, from 5PM to 9:00AM Mondays
through Fridays and for the 24-hour period beginning at 9AM on
Saturdays and Sundays.
- S/he is responsible for identifying and coordinating
patient/family care to support patients with advanced illness and
families in home, skilled nursing facility or residential care
- Communication related to on call interventions will be
documented and communicated to the Case Manager with his/her
assessment, plan of care changes and on-going need.
- The On-call Nurse endeavors to utilize teaching, assessment,
and intervention skills to provide comfort care and maximize the
quality of life for the patients and families
- Assessing hospice needs, being aware of the physical,
emotional, and spiritual aspects and gather data on social,
economic and cultural factors which may influence health,
well-being and quality of life. Additionally, receiving reports
from nursing staff.
- Responding to calls from answering service and voice mail
system in a timely manner.
- Triaging patient related calls by determining the needs of the
caller and then responding in an appropriate manner either by phone
or with a visit.
- Implementing changes to the plan of care as needed with
interdisciplinary collaboration with the support of the hospice
medical director and / or the attending physician.
- Documenting and communicating all calls, interventions, care
plan changes, physician contacts in a manner consistent with policy
- Documenting accurate assessment of patient status and updating
the plan of care utilizing appropriate communication (verbal,
electronic, written, email documents and databases).
- Document patient care reflecting nursing interventions, patient
response to care, focusing on the patient's goals. Documentation
includes evidence of appropriate patient/significant other
teaching, and the understanding of these instructions is noted in
the medical record.
- Assisting patients, family members or caregivers with concern
and empathy; respect confidentiality and privacy and communicate in
a courteous and respectful manner.
- Coordinating services with contracted vendors, outside agencies
and interdisciplinary team as needed. Investigate and follow
through on orders or requests for service or information.
- Attending patient deaths to provide support to the patient's
family, contact the mortuary, advise on disposal of narcotics,
notify the IDT as well as contracted vendors providing services to
- Provide bereavement resources to the family as
- Responding to referrals calls, providing the caller with
information regarding hospice care, screening calls for
appropriateness, taking patient information and coordinating with
the admin on-call to schedule the visit.
- Gain knowledge of and availability to perform patient intakes
and information visits as needed including explanation of the
hospice benefit/Medicare, complete physical assessment, completion
of all pertinent paperwork, and communication of new patient status
to the Hospice team.
- Performing patient admission visits as assigned by supervisor.
Reporting concerns to the hospice supervisor on-call. Performing
other duties within scope of practice and as training permits
- Participate in the agency's on-call rotation as prescribed by
the needs of the agency to provide nursing service to clients when
required outside of regular office hours including covering
continuous care hours when assigned by on-call supervisor.
- Performing as a member of the Traditions Health team as a whole
and participates in the Mission and Core Values.
- The RN/LVN is required to provide point of service electronic
charting and documentation at time of patient visit or admission.
Ability to operate a computer and / or a tablet PC, and proficiency
with Windows-based software programs, is required.
- Documentation submitted (signed) within the company policy
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Traditions Health is an equal opportunity employer that is
committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit
discrimination of any kind based on race, color, sexual
orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information,
pregnancy or any other legally protected characteristic.
Traditions Health Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy:
Pursuant to the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination
Final Rule effective February 14, 2022 Traditions Health is
required to have policies and procedures in place to ensure all
facility staff, regardless of clinical responsibility or resident
contact (Home health and hospice employees, Licensed practitioners,
Students, trainees, and volunteers; and Individuals who provide
care, treatment, or other services for the home health and hospice
and/or its patients, under contract or by other arrangement), are
either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have been granted a
qualifying religious or medical exemption. All applicants to whom
an offer of employment is made, shall be required, as a condition
of employment, to either be fully vaccinated by their start date,
or approved for a medical or religious exemption. The policies and
procedures specified do not apply to staff who exclusively provide
telehealth or telemedicine services, and staff who provide support
services for the home health and hospice agencies that are
performed exclusively outside of the settings where home health and
hospice services are directly provided to patients and who do not
have any direct contact with patients, families, and caregivers,
and other staff. For questions related to this policy, please
contact our talent acquisition team.
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