Hospice Admission Nurse

Location: Lake Charles, LA

Hospice RN Admissions

Admission Nurses (RN) play a crucial role in effectively representing our Hospice programs to patients, families, and others with an interest in hospice. They are responsible for pre-assessments, information sharing, and admissions.

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate patients' appropriateness for hospice care through medical records review and consultation.
  • Provide direct patient care and telephonic triage, in accordance with State Nurse Practice Act.
  • Manage pain and other symptoms appropriately. Evaluate patients' response to treatments and medications.
  • Assess and educate patients, families, and caregivers about the diagnosis and self-plan of care.
  • Explain the benefits of our hospice program and obtain informed consent from patients and their families.
  • Admit patients, develop personalized care plans, and complete necessary paperwork following company policies.
  • Gather data on physical, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that may affect patient and family health, and incorporate them into the care plan.
  • Order durable medical equipment (DME), medications, and supplies as needed.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with referral sources.
  • Maintain clinical and professional competency.
  • Assist with continuity of care and discharge planning from facilities.
  • Ensure smooth transition of new patients to the assigned case manager after admission.
  • Provide skilled nursing care as determined by the interdisciplinary group (IDG) plan of care.
  • Follow instructions from the case manager within the scope of practice.
  • Report any changes in patient needs and status as necessary.
  • Perform any other assigned duties.

Qualifications:

  • Preferred: Associates degree
  • Required: Registered Nurse license
  • Minimum one year of experience
  • Excellent observation, diagnostic, medication management, and clinical documentation skills
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver's license
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