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Registered Nurse Lead-Home Health-North city and suburbs

Req #:  213527
Facility:  Advocate At Home
Department:  Nursing
City:  Des Plaines
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Position Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.
Typically requires 5 years of experience in clinical nursing. Advanced clinical and technical knowledge of home care.

Excellent communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of clients with patience and respect. Good organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

Must be flexible and able to problem solve and make frequent independent decisions.

Proficiency in clinical skills with the ability to work under direction and make sound judgments.

Demonstrated ability to work well with physicians and other professionals in a direct and positive manner.

Must possess and provide proof of a valid Driver License and a registered, functional car with adequate insurance coverage.

Ability to operate the necessary equipment to perform the job, i.e., FAX, computer, copier, telephone system.

Ability to assess data reflecting the patient's status and the ability to interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their specific needs.

Must have a tolerance for differences and an appreciation of multi~culturalism and diversity of the patients and their families.
Registered Nurse license issued by the state in which the team member practices, and
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), and
A valid drivers license issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles, or
Driver license issued by the state of Illinois.
Must be able to sit, stand, walk and climb stairs for limited to prolonged periods of time. Must have the physical agility to move about in confined spaces, including bending, twisting, kneeling, squatting and occasionally reaching one or both over head.

Must have the physical stamina to attend to patient care requirements over a period of three or more hours without complete rest.

Must be able to concentrate with frequent interruptions.

Must have accurate vision to read gauges and measuring devices and to interpret written instructions.

Subject to exposure to chemical and hazardous waste and communicable disease therefore protective clothing must be worn, as needed.
Operates all equipment necessary to perform the job.

Must be able to:
~ Lift up to 50 lbs. from floor to waist.
~ Lift up to 20 lbs. over the head.
~ Carry up to 40 lbs. a reasonable distance.

Must be able to:
~ Push/pull with 30 lbs. of force.
Perform a sliding transfer of 150 lbs. with a second person present.


Purpose:
Provides direct patient care, and professional and organizational leadership to effectively guide the quality of patient care. Provides daily work direction and guidance to department staff and assists with coordinating and evaluation of the activities of the nursing and clinical support staff.

Accountabilities:
Acts as a resource to employees by assisting with coordination of patient care planning and outcomes. Assists with patient scheduling for nursing visits and revisits.
Schedules regular interdisciplinary team meetings on a weekly basis and assures collaboration between all disciplines to coordinate patient care planning. Educates employees on changes and/or on new material, and assists with precepting new hires.
Reviews quality and operational reports and data with the teams to improve patient financial and clinical outcomes.
Assumes responsibility for caseloads consisting of patients in geographical/specialty areas. Conducts initial assessment to obtain thorough physical, social and environmental data. Establishes the plan of care in accordance with the physician orders and patient needs.
Provides direct patient care and adjusts nursing care processes as needed. Iden