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Registered Nurse-Hospice Inpatient Program

Req #:  191821
Facility:  Advocate At Home
Department:  Nursing
City:  Oak Lawn
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Advocate at Home offers comprehensive, quality home health and hospice care throughout metropolitan Chicago, surrounding counties and down to central IL.  As Illinois’ largest, privately held home health care and hospice provider, we have the means and opportunities to enhance your worklife quality.

 

 

 

It’s More Than a Job, it’s a calling 

 

REGISTERED NURSE HOSPICE 

  • South City and South suburbs
  • Day
  • Must be able to work one summer and one winter holiday
  • Must be able to rotate on an on call schedule
  • FULL TIME
  •  General IP units

JOB and UNIT SUMMARY:

 

Advocate At Home, a division of Advocate Health Care, is the largest home health and hospice services in Illinois.  The Hospice Registered Nurse will provide Hospice services and establish strong relationships with patients, families and caregivers.  All medical needs will be coordinated by the RN who is case managing the patient and utilizing the resources of the team, (i.e. social worker, CNA, MD, etc.) The Hospice Registered Nurse assumes primary responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care for assigned patients. Hospice is a program designed specifically for people who have chosen to change the plan of care for terminal illness from aggressive medical treatment to palliative care.

 

  • The Registered Hospice Nurse will manage pain and symptoms so patients can make the most of every day, focusing on living well and with dignity. 
  • The Registered Hospice Nurse will provide compassionate care to patients and their family members at end of life.
  • The Registered Hospice Nurse will make every day count for patients, families and care givers.
  • The Registered Hospice Nurse will document and connect with the care team thru point of care documentation.
  • The Registered Hospice Nurse will be required to make visits to private residences which may not be accessible to people with disabilities.

 

THE ADVOCATE HOSPICE NURSE:

 

  • Nurse/Patient Relationship: Develops and maintains a therapeutic relationship through the health care continuum  
  • Responsible for documentation and communication of care, medication and observations made during care of patient in order to track responsiveness and health of patient.  
  • Responsible for providing appropriate patient/family education to help patient/family achieve a pain free and comfortable status.  
  • Assuring/Improving Quality Care: Facilitates the patient and family's right to receive quality, cost effective care.  
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REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Graduate from an accredited school of nursing
  • One year of medical surgical experience in an acute or subacute care facility
  • Current Illinois RN license
  • Current CPR
  • Earn 10.0 continuing education credits annually
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Ability to assist with ambulation including turning and transferring patients up to 200 pounds.

 

 

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Contact debbie.calace@advocatehealth.com

 

 

 

 

Position Requirements:
Graduate from an accredited school of nursing
Earn 5.0 continuing education credits annually
2 year of medical nursing experience with various age groups.
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Good documentation skills.
Computer skills
Good time management and organizational skills
Familiarity with patient care equipment
Current Illinois RN license
Current CPR
Ability to work weekends, holidays, and different shifts in order to accommodate staffing
Ability to take 'on call” assignments.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and complete work within short timeframes.
Ability to transport objects and equipment
Ability to respond quickly to patient needs and work at fast pace
Work environment includes probability of exposure to adverse, hazardous, or unpleasant conditions while caring for the sick
Routinely works with potentially infectious specimens and patients
Ability to respond to patients in a timely manner
Ability to lift up to 100 pounds occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds frequently and/or in excess of 20 pounds constantly
Must be able to travel to all areas within the Advocate service area in all extremes of weather on all types of roads. Exposed to widely varying social and environmental conditions in patient's neighborhoods and homes. Must be willing to work occasional overtime if needed. Required to make visits to private residences which may not be accessible to people with disabilities.
Must be able to assist with ambulation including turning and transferring patients up to 200 pounds


If position has direct patient care or direct patient contact the following lifting requirement supersedes any previous lifting requirement effective 06/01/2015. Ability to lift up to 35 pounds without assistance. For patient lifts of over 35 pounds, or when patient is unable to assist with the lift, patient handling equipment is expected to be used, with at least one other associate, when available. Unique patient lifting/movement situations will be assessed on a case~by~case basis.

Purpose:
The RN staff nurse assumes primary responsibility for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care for assigned patients.

A Nurse Clinician I plans and implements routine care but may need guidance when setting priorities. S/he is starting to integrate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to meet the needs of the patient and family. S/he recognizes her/his own limitations and seeks assistance as appropriate. S/he begins to assume leadership responsibilities.


Accountabilities:
Nurse/Patient Relationship: Develops and maintains a therapeutic relationship throughout the healthcare continuum
Assuring/Improving Quality Care: Facilitates the patient and family's right to receive quality, cost effective care
Patient/Staff Education: Demonstrates a commitment to meeting the learning needs of patients and families. Utilizes appropriate resources to meet those needs and achieve positive patient outcomes. Assists in creating an environment that promotes educational growth opportunities for nursing peers and colleagues.
Nursing Process: Demonstrates the use of nursing process as a problem~solving model.
Leadership/Collaboration/Professional Development: Demonstrates respect and understanding for peers and other clinical disciplines and participates as an effective member of the patient care team to formulate an integrated approach to care. Demonstrates leadership behaviors and is committed to the development of self and others.

 

About Advocate Health Care

 

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.