Nurse Practitioner

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Posted: 03/09/2017 Job Number: 1473
Nurse Practitioner-Palliative Care
Reports To: COO
Location: Santa Cruz, CA Metro Area

"Hospice experience preferred but not required"

SUMMARY: Currently we are under contract to conduct a search for our Hospice client for a Nurse Practitioner. The Hospice Nurse Practitioner works in collaboration with the Medical Directors and Hospice Team to provide Hospice care services to patients and families in a variety of patient care settings. The Nurse Practitioner will perform procedures and will document assessments, evaluations, consultation reports and progress notes. Home visits/evaluations, and inpatient evaluations will be part of the Nurse Practitioners role. Orders, H/P reports, progress notes and other chart entries made by the Nurse Practitioner will be reviewed and cosigned by the Medical Directors according to policy. Successful outcomes of this position include high quality patient care provided in a compassionate, competent and caring manner; clinical program development; skill development for Hospice clinical staff, regulatory compliance with proper documentation enhanced community relationships, program visibility; excellent staff and patient satisfaction.
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
"Performs clinical care which includes bedside evaluation of patients, patients' histories; physical examinations; radiological and laboratory interpretations; follow-up inpatient care; discharge orders, patient instructions and education; and participation in case management.
"Provides services related to hospice and end of life care, assesses patient needs and anticipates service requirements prior to discharge to home. Coordinates with hospice social workers, case managers and applicable ancillary staff regarding hospice care services.
"Prescribes medications including controlled substances to the extent delegated and licensed. Orders, treatments and durable medical equipment as indicated. Performs other therapeutic measures as indicated.
"Educates clinical staff, patients and families on applicable disease management and prevention strategies. Adheres to the practice of confidentiality regarding patients, families, staff and the organization. .
"Assists with the coordination of admissions and discharges as needed on selected patients.
"Works collaboratively with physicians, and other health care providers to optimize patient care. Consults with Medical Director or designees as needed, informs primary physician of services. Provides written reports to primary physician upon request.
"Prepares and maintains accurate patient records, charts and documents to support sound hospice practice and reimbursement for services provided. Assists in the development of clinical documentation protocols.
"Initiates reimbursement for services rendered and evaluations.
"Makes visits to hospice patients as delegated by the Medical Chief of Staff (or his or her designees) or Chief Operating Officer.
"As required by agency policy, reports both verbally and in writing significant changes in the patient's condition. Changes are reported to the physician and other appropriate agency personnel. Consults with the clinical supervisor as necessary.
"Maintains regulatory compliance in all areas of position responsibilities. Has an excellent understanding of regulations and accreditation standards.
"Must demonstrate empathy and sensitivity to the needs of the patient and family.
"Maintains coordination with all other disciplines as needed for patient care.
"Provides appropriate resources in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
"Utilizes appropriate communication lines to problem solve personal and departmental issues.
"Collects and assesses patient care data, develops and implements a plan of care, manages and evaluates outcome of care.
QUALIFICATION/ ABILITIES
"Ability to relate to people of diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
"Must demonstrate maturity, initiative, tact and good judgement in dealing with staff, patient and families.
"Knowledge of medications and sterile techniques.
"Knowledge of and appropriate use of safety (personal protective) equipment.
"Strong teaching and leadership skills.
"Basic personal computer skills required. Clinical documentation experience preferred.
"All staff driving on agency business are required to have a valid driver's license, reliable auto, and current auto insurance.
"Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification.
"Blood borne Pathogens training
"Proof of TB screening.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
"Current Nurse Practitioner License for California.
"Prefer a minimum one year Nurse Practitioner experience.
"Previous Hospice experience preferred but not required.
"Graduate from NLN accredited school of Nursing.
"Master degree in appropriate field of nursing.

COMPENSATION
Competitive hourly rate, excellent benefits which are paid 100% for the employee and more.

Gene Doeker
President

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