- POSITION REPORTS TO: Medical Director
Job Description Summary
Under the direction of the medical director, provides medical care and education to patients and families in a variety of settings, for both palliative care and hospice patients. Also assists with Medicare required patient reassessments for continued hospice services and participates in quality improvement activities.
Essential Job Functions
- 1. Provides education to patients and families.
- 2. Provides patient visits to palliative care patients, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
- 3. Provides patient visits to hospice patients, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
- 4. Provides patient telephone advice to palliative care patients during normal business hours.
- 5.Participates in Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) meetings.
- 6.Presents education to the community regarding Hospice or Palliative Care, as opportunities arise.
- 7.Assists in Palliative Care program development.
- 8.Performs face-to-face visits to determine continued eligibility for hospice programs.
- 9.Develops and maintains effective and positive relationships with health care professionals within the community.
- 10. Understands and assures compliance with local, state and federal regulations and standards associated with the care of hospice and palliative care patients.
- 11.Understands and assures compliance with local, state and federal regulations and standards associated with the care of hospice and palliative care patients.
- 12.Participates in the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Committee and the Professional Advisory Committee.
The above statements are intended to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description.
All employees are required to comply with the policies and procedures of Hospice of Holland, Inc. and with all state, federal, and JCAHO requirements. They will also comply with confidentiality laws as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices.
- 1.Graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program.
- 2.Current State of Michigan Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner Licensure.
- 3.Minimum of three years of experience as a professional Nurse Practitioner or equivalent clinical experience.
- 4.Understands the philosophical and technical aspects of hospice and palliative care.
- 5.Demonstrates a knowledge base in technology of palliative medical management especially pain and symptom management.
- 6.Medicare and Medicaid Provider in good standing.
- 7.Current State of Michigan driver’s license.
- 8.Reliable cell phone with local coverage.
Skills and Knowledge:
- 1. Has the ability to work as a member of a large interdisciplinary team.
- 2.Demonstrates excellent communication skills and experience with conflict resolution.
- 3. Practices principles of quality management and ethical issues in Hospice care.
- 4.Ability to be productive and efficient in providing quality patient care.
- 5.Good computer skills.
- 1. If not already in place, the Nurse Practitioner is expected to obtain hospital privileges at Holland Community Hospital and Zeeland Community Hospital within four months of hire.
- 2.Obtains Certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing (CHPN) within one year of hire.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, and hear. The employee must also be required to stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust and focus. May be required to lift and position patients up to 100 lbs.
- 1. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Handles emergency or crisis situations.
- 2.May be exposed to extremes of heat and cold in all weather conditions. Must drive in various weather conditions on roads in varying degrees of repair. Travel required.
Continuing Education Requirements:
Hospice personnel are expected to participate in appropriate continuing education as may be requested and/or required by their immediate supervisor. In addition, Hospice personnel are expected to accept personal responsibility for other educational activities to enhance job-related skills and abilities.