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RN Visit Nurse

Austin, TX · Healthcare
Mission Minded, Patient Centered. At Hospice Austin, our team members work collaboratively to provide compassionate care, services, and comfort to people with a life limiting illness. Join one of Austin’s most beloved nonprofit organizations where employees are valued and respected and enjoy making a difference while receiving excellent benefits.

Positions: RN Visit Nurse 
Monday-Friday - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Position Summary
Provides nursing care for patients as directed, responds to urgent changes in patient condition or provides routine case management in lieu of primary case manager. 

Job Responsibilities/Duties:
  • Provides nursing care for patients as directed, responds to urgent changes in patient condition or provides routine case management in lieu of primary case manager.
    • Performs initial and ongoing assessment of the impact of the terminal diagnosis on the patient's physical, functional, psychosocial, and environmental needs, activities of daily living, risk for pathological grief, cultural and spiritual implications, and verbal and non-verbal communication patterns.
    • Performs nursing assessments, i.e. Vital signs, pain assessment, breath sounds, etc.
    • Triages patient care problems.
    • Manages discomfort and provides symptom relief.
    • Performs specialized nursing skills related to palliative and end-of-life care.
    • Initiates appropriate preventive and rehabilitative nursing procedures.
    • Consults with and educates the patient and caregivers (including home health staff) regarding disease process, self-care techniques, end of life care, death and dying, comfort measures, medication use and side effects, etc. process for dealing with ethical issues.
    • Performs on-going evaluation of patient/family response to care.
    • Assesses the ability of the caregiver to meet the patient's immediate needs upon admission and throughout care.
    • Provides psychosocial support to patients and families.
  • Coordinates nursing, personal and homemaker care.
    • Coordinates care with team members.
    • Informs the physician and other personnel of changes in the patient's needs and outcomes of intervention as needed.
    • Coordinates personal care, DME, and obtaining medications and medical supplies.
    • Coordinates all patient/family services and prioritizes needs with IDG members.
    • Documents in a timely manner patient assessments, patient contacts, physician orders and progress notes that demonstrate progress towards established goals.
    • Acts as a liaison between patient and physicians, hospital staff, home health staff, and other care team members to facilitate ongoing clinical care.
    • Works with Hospice Austin and hospital staff, when applicable, ordering DME, meds, etc.
    • Evaluates own needs for support and self-care.
    • Recognizes and maintains professional boundaries and relationships with patient/family/caregiver.
    • Provides preparation and support for patient’s death; pronounces deaths in accordance with state regulation, provides post mortem care, handles body and death event with respect and dignity and in accordance with patient/family/caregiver wishes.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Training/Education and Experience:  
  • Graduation from an approved school of professional nursing as determined by the Board of Nurse Examiners.
  • Unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license, auto liability insurance and safe driving record.
  • CPR certification.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 1 year previous nursing experience.
•    Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) 
•    Paid Holidays
•    Paid Wellness Days
•    Mileage reimbursement 
•    Cell phone equipment and service
•    Medical, dental, and vision insurance
•    Health savings account – employer contribution
•    401(k) retirement plan with substantial company match 
•    Employer paid life insurance
•    Employer paid short-term and long-term disability 
•    Employee Assistance Program 
•    Gym membership discounts 
•    Employee Referral Program
•    Paid orientation

Apply at www.hospiceaustin.org or call our office at (512) 539-6066 for more information. 

Hospice Austin is an equal opportunity employer.

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